English R1B

Reading and Composition: Working Class Chicanx Literature

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
3 Fall 2022 Bircea, Jason
MWF 10-11 DWIN279

Book List

Rivera, Tomás : And the Earth Did Not Devour Him; Viramontes, Helena: Under the Feet of Jesus

Other Readings and Media

A course reader including writing by CherrÍe L. Morgan, Gloria Anzaldúa, Sandra Cisneros, Diana Garcia and others. 


In this course, we’ll read some classic as well as more contemporary works of chicano/a/x literature focusing specifically on the lives and labors of agricultural, industrial and domestic workers. How are these different kinds of laboring–the work of the field, the factory and the home–represented in chicanx fiction, poetry, drama and film? And how might representing or providing an account of such laboring serve potentially emancipatory ends? Additional topics include immigration and migration; gendered labor; efforts for and against assimilation; political organization and resistance; and the artist’s relationship to their community. 

Throughout this R1B course, you'll be cultivating your own reading and writing skills through class discussion, writing exercises, workshops and writing seminars. You’ll be asked not only to write about the material we read and discuss in class, but more importantly, to approach your own writing as something worth tending to.

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