English 137T

Topics in Chicana/o Literature and Culture: The Borderlands of Chicano/a Literature

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2004 Saldivar, Jose David
Saldivar, Jose
TTh 12:30-2 110 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

"Anzald'a, G: Borderlands/La frontera; S. Cisneros: Caramelo; Hinojosa, R.: Klail City; Martinez, R.: Crossing Over; Paredes, A.: Between Two Worlds; Folklore and Culture; George Washington G?mez; The Shadow; ""With His Pistol in His Hand"": A Border Ballad and Its Hero; Rechy, J.: The Miraculous Day of Amalia G?mez"


This course will explore the invention of a Chicano and Chicana sense of place, and with the sense of freedom and dystopia associated with ethno-racial structures of feeling tied to a geoculture and region. How do imaginative writers such as Am?rico Paredes, Gloria Anzald?a, John Rechy, Rolando Hinojosa, Rub?n Martinez, and Sandra Cisneros negotiate the tension between the national and transnational forces at work in the Americas measuredly and by design? Exposure to postcontemporary works in cultural criticism, border thinking, and theory will also be part of the semester?s agenda.

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