Chicano/a Literature and Culture since 1910
General Catalog Course Title:
Chicano/a Literature and Culture since 1910
Terms Offered:
Spring 2016
Fall 2015
Fall 2011

The purpose of this course is to provide students with a general knowledge of post-1970 Chicano/a novels. Our study will focus on both the form and content of each novel. As we shall see, the formal features and thematic representations of Chicano/a novels have been influenced to a large degree by a broad range of social experiences: living in the borderlands of language, culture, geography, and nationality; growing up female in a male-centered environment; fighting racism; engaging in class struggle; encountering various forms of organized state repression; migrating and immigrating; getting involved in political movements; and becoming expressive in art and literature. Because this is a reading intensive course, we will spend considerable time in class discussing the novels and conducting collective close readings of selected passages. We'll be attentive to the manner in which the act of storytelling in Chicano/a novels contributes to the formation of complex and sometimes contradictory cultural identities. We'll also read and discuss essays on narrative theory and history to facilitate our analysis of the aesthetic and social issues that inform the writing of these novels and to understand how they expand and enrich twentieth-century American literature. 

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