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Lauro H Flores
CHSTU 330
Seattle Campus

Chicano/Chicana Autobiography

Explores the issue of Chicano, or Mexican-American, identity. Examines statements of selfhood by Chicanos, studied in order to understand the relationship between individual and society in creating identity.

Class description

Critical analysis of the diversity of experiences among people of Mexican descent in the U.S. Articulation of verbal and written arguments on the social meaning of texts.

Student learning goals

Acquaintance with autobiographical literature

Acquaintance with Chicana/o history and culture within the larger framework or western civilization

Critical analysis of texts

Oral articulation of arguments

Organization of written analysis of works

Collaboration in small groups, learn to organize panel discussions

General method of instruction

The instructor lectures to provide the general background, biographical and bibliographical information on each author, and guides students in the examination of key points in the texts. Students then ask questions or offer comments in a free exchange of ideas.

Recommended preparation

Read required books ahead of time, seek additional information (such as articles or book reviews) that shed light on the problems around each text/author. Start thinking as soon as possible about themes that can be explored on each book in order to develop coherent (oral and written) commentaries.

Class assignments and grading

Reading of texts ahead of time, writing of two interpretive essays (about 5 pp. and 9 pp. long, respectively), generally comparing two of the authors under study.

Attendance and active participation in the class discussions; quality of written essays.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Lauro H Flores
Date: 10/04/2010