Lauro H Flores
Examines nineteenth- and early twentieth-century fiction, as well as contemporary works in attempts to trace the development of Chicano fiction in the proper historical trajectory. Prerequisite: either SPAN 303 or SPAN 316; SPAN 321; SPAN 322; either SPAN 304, SPAN 305, SPAN 306, SPAN 307, SPAN 308, SPAN 319, SPAN 339, SPAN 340, SPAN 350, SPAN 351, or SPAN 352.
Historical context of Chicano cultural and literary development. Analysis of English, Spanish and "bilingual" literary texts. Writing skills.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
The Instructor provides a general introduction during the first two sessions. Afterward, with the assistance of the intructor, groups of 3 or 4 students make oral presentations that serve to initiate the discussion of each assigned text. The instructor complements the presentations and guides the participation of all students.
Remember we are operating within the time framework of one academic quarter (10 weeks). If possible, acquire the required texts in advance and read them at your own pace. This will help you avoid falling behind. Come to class prepared to ask questions and make relevant comments. Participation counts heavily in this course.
Class assignments and grading
Reading of all assigned texts. Preparation of one short (15 mins.) oral, group presentation on a particular aspect of one text. One midterm essay (5 pp.), and one term paper (10 pp. with notes and bibliography).
Class attendance and participation, 10% One in-class oral presentation, 20% One midterm exam (essay question), 30% One final paper (10 pp.), 40%