English 137A

Upper Division Coursework: Chicana/o Literature and Culture to 1910

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2006 Gonzalez, Marcial
Gonzalez, Marcial
TTh 3:30-5 110 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Seguin, J.: A Revolution Remembered: The Memoirs and Correspondence of Juan Seguin; Ruiz de Burton, M.: Who Would Have Thought It?, The Squatter and the Don, Conflicts of Interest: The Letters of Mar?a Amparo Ruiz de Burton; Paz, I.: Life and Adventures of the Celebrated Bandit, Joaqu?n Murrieta; De Zavala, A.: History and Legends of the Alamo and Other San Antonio Missions; Paredes, A.: A Texas-Mexican Cancionero: Folksongs of the Lower Border; Montes, A. & A. Goldman: Mar?a Amparo Ruiz de Burton: Critical and Pedagogical Perspectives; S?nchez, R.: Telling Identities: The Californio Testimonials


In this course, we will study major literary and cultural texts written by Mexican Americans from 1835 to 1910. We will concentrate mainly on prose: fiction, memoirs and essays. One section of the course, however, will be devoted to the study of folk songs and border ballads. We will pay special attention to the manner in which these works reflect the political concerns and anxieties of Mexican Americans living in the U.S. Southwest in the latter half of the nineteenth century, a period marked by rapid industrialization, increased class conflict, the proletarianization of Mexicans, recurring economic crises, imperialist expansion and war. We will also explore the ways in which these early Mexican American writings are linked thematically and formally to an emergent Chicana/o literary tradition in the twentieth century. All students will be expected to attend class regularly and participate actively in classroom discussions. Students will also be required to give an oral report in class, write two essays and pass an exam.

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