English 137T

Topics in Chicana/o Literature and Culture: Chicana and Chicano Films

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2011 Gonzalez, Marcial
Gonzalez, Marcial
MWF 10-11 123 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Fregoso, R.: Bronze Screen: Chicana and Chicano Film Culture; Noriega, C.: Chicanos and Film: Representation and Resistance; Noriega, C.: Shot in America: Television, the State, and the Rise of Chicano Cinema


An introduction to the study of Chicana/o films produced in the second half of the twentieth century.  In this course we will analyze films directed by Moctesuma Esparza, Paul Espinosa, Harry Gamboa, Jr., Efrain Gutierrez, Edward James Olmos, Sylvia Morales, Severo Perez, Lourdes Portillo, Jesus Salvador Trevinio, Luis Valdez, Willie Varela, and Robert Young. Films viewed will likely include Salt of the Earth (1954); I Am Joaquin (1969); Requiem 29 (1971); Yo Soy Chicano (1972); Please Don't Bury Me Alive (1976); Chicana (1979); Zoot Suit (1981); The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (1982); El Norte (1983); Imperfecto (1983); No Supper (1987); A Lost Man (1992); American Me (1992); La Familia (1993); Huevitos (1994); And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him (1994); Seo00720069ta Extraviada (2001); Walkout (2006); and The Perfect Game (2010).  We will discuss the history and production of these films, but we will also analyze their representational and formal qualities.  Attendance at some 8 am or evening screenings will be required.

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