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Mexican-American Literature

ENG 274W

Mexican-American Literature

ENG 274W

Course Description

Prerequisite: READING LEVEL 3 and any approved College Composition I course with a minimum grade of C. Studies novels, short stories, poetry and non-fiction by Mexican-Americans. Explores some cultural elements such as ethnicity, selfhood, self-definition, machismo and gender issues, religious influences, the tradition of curanderos and la llorona. Constructs an understanding of how culture (can) affect creative expression. Credit may be earned ENG 274W or LIT 274W but not both. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Analyze literature in the subject area.

Objectives:

  • Interpret the meanings of literary works using various theoretical approaches.
  • Identify various literary genres.
  • Demonstrate analytical understanding through writing.
  • Develop an understanding of the cultural differences in American society and recognize the significance of cultural diversity.

Participate in writing to learn activities.

Objectives:

  • Perform writing tasks to promote learning.
  • Write effectively for audience and purpose.
  • Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing.
  • Define transformative moments in the history and trajectory of Mexican American literature and cultural expression.

Demonstrate an understanding of the cultural and historical context for this body of literature.

Objectives:

  • Recognize the primary elements of Mexican American aesthetics as enacted in literature and, to some extent, film and visual arts.
  • Read Mexican American poems, stories, essays, film, and visual art.
  • Identify patterns of expression and the expressive trajectories of Mexican American literature.