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John Morán González

Associate Professor Ph.D., Stanford University

John Morán González



John Morán González is Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Texas at Austin. He completed his undergraduate degree (magna cum laude) at Princeton University and earned two graduate degrees (M.A. and Ph.D.) from Stanford University. He is the recipient of major fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson National Foundation. He is a Faculty Affiliate of the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS), the Department of American Studies, the Program in Comparative Literature, and the Center for Women and Gender Studies. His major research interests include Latino/a literature, especially Chicano/a literature; late nineteenth-century US literature and culture; narrative theory; postcolonial theory; cultural studies. He is on the Advisory Board for the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project, and served upon the Executive Committee for the MLA Division for Chicano/a Literature. 


Latino/a Literature; Chicano/a Literature; Late Nineteenth-Century American Literature; Postcolonial Studies; Narrative Theory

MAS 374 • Latina/O Novels: Amer Dreams

36210 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm PAR 302
(also listed as E 379R )
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Instructor:  González, J            Areas:  VI / I

Unique #:  35725            Flags:  Cultural diversity, Independent inquiry, Writing

Semester:  Spring 2013            Restrictions:  n/a

Cross-lists:  MAS 374            Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: Six semester hours of upper-division coursework in English.

Description: This course will consider the complex relationship between the promise of the American Dream and the reality of American life as experience by various Latina/o communities. We will examine novels by Cuban American, Dominican American, Mexican American, and Puerto Rican writers who use the gap between ideals and reality to critically interrogate the terms of Latina/o inclusion into the United States. Situating these texts within their social context will be a major feature of this course.

Possible Texts: All texts will be available at the Campus Coop. They are also on one-day reserve at the Perry-Castañeda Library.

Cristina Garcia, Dreaming in Cuban; Julia Alvarez, How the Garcia Girls lost Their Accents; Esmerelda Santiago, America’s Dream; Ernesto Quiñonez, Bodega Dreams; Nina Marie Martinez, ¡Caramba!; Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, The Dirty Girls Social Club; Oscar Casares, Amigoland.

Requirements & Grading: The course grade will consist of: attendance and participation, including in-class free writing exercises and quizzes (10%); two 2-page exploratory papers due every third novel, which will be presented in class (5% each; 10% total); two peer review reports (5% each; 10% total); and two substantial analytical essays. The first of these essays must be significantly revised; the first version of this 5-6 page essay will count for 20% of the final grade, while the revised version will count for 20%. The second essay of 6-7 pages will count for 30%. Failure to complete all required coursework will result in a failing course grade.

Description subject to change.


González, John Morán. The Troubled Union: Expansionist Imperatives in Post-Reconstruction American Novels. Ohio State University Press, 2010.


González, John Morán. Border Renaissance: The Texas Centennial and the Emergence of Mexican-American Literature. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2009.


  1. González, John Morán. Rev. of Spiritual Mestizaje: Religion, Gender, Race, and Nation in Contemporary Chicana Narrative by Theresa Delgadillo and Hispanic Immigrant Literature: El sueño del retorno by Nicolás Kanellos. American Literature 84:2 (June 2012): 459-61.

González, John Morán. "Aztlan @ 50: Chican@ Literary Studies for the Next Decade." Aztlan: A journal of Chicano Studies 35:2 (Fall 2010) 173-176.

Gonzalez, John M., Hinojosa-Smith, R. & Gilb, D. (2007, October) Rolando Hinojosa-Smith and Dagoberto Gilb interviewed by John M. González. Austin Review of Books, 4-5.

Gonzalez, John M. (2004) The Whiteness of the Blush: The Cultural Politics of Racial Formation in María Amparo Ruiz de Burton's The Squatter and the Don. In A. Goldman & A. Montes (Eds.), María Amparo Ruiz de Burton: Critical and Pedagogical Perspectives  (pp.153-168). Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.

Gonzalez, John M. (2004, September) The Warp of Whiteness: Domesticity and Empire in Helen Hunt Jackson's Ramona. American Literary History, 16(3), 437-465.

Gonzalez, John M. (1999, June) Interpreting California and the West. Western American Literature, 34(2), 186-191.

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