2023-2024 Catalog

ENG 174 Chicanx Literature

A sense of place will guide this exploration of Chicanx literature. We will examine how Mexican American authors represent distinct regional and national identities. Settings we will consider include East Los Angeles, the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, Latino neighborhoods in Chicago and New York, and the increasingly militarized border between the US and Mexico. Analyzing Chicanx fiction and non-fiction written since the 19th century, we will discuss how Mexican American writers have both challenged and enriched popular genres and themes in American Literature. We will also study how Chicana feminist writers created new intersectional frameworks for writing and reading literature in the 1970s and 1980s that would ultimately transform dominant academic and literary traditions.