English 37

Chicana/o Literature and Culture

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2014 Padilla, Genaro M.
MWF 1-2 130 Wheeler

Book List

Acosta, Oscar Zeta: The Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo, or The Revolt of the Cockroach People; Anaya, Rudolfo: Bless me, Ultima; Anzaldua, Gloria: Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza; Castillo, Ana: So Far From God; Cervantes, Lorna Dee: Emplumada; Cisneros, Sandra: House on Mango Street ; Cisneros, Sandra: Woman Hollering Creek; Rivera, Thomas: …y no se lo trago la tierra/…and the earth did not swallow him; Soto, Gary: Living Up the Street; Villarreal, Jose Antonio: Pocho

Other Readings and Media

And, from various sources in copy, the poems of  Rodolfo ‘Corky’ Gonzales  (I am Joaquin, 1967), Ricardo Sanchez, Evangelina Vigil, Alurista, Angela de Hoyos.

We will also study some Chicano/a films: “Zoot Suit,” Luis Valdez; “Mi Familia,” Gregory Nava; “Real Women Have Curves,” Patricia Cardoso.


We will survey the literary and cultural production of the Chicano/a Movement during the 1960s through the mid-1980s. This was a particularly fertile period during which the civil rights movement fomented a cultural florescence within the Chicano community that led to publication/performance of politically spirited and unifying poetry, drama, short fiction, and the novel. We will study the historical and political backgrounds of this period and press these up against the literary formations of a literature that articulates resistance to the U.S. hegemony just as it often restates the patriarchal, homophobic, and nationalist problematic that confronted the Chicano community. We will think about social and political content, of course, but I also want to look at the formation of a distinct aesthetics —experiments with language and form and audience. 

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