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Mexican-American Literature

Course NumberLIT 274W
Lab Hours0
Lecture Hours45
Course DescriptionPrerequisite: A "C" grade or better in a college level composition II course or permission of the instructor. Studies novels, short stories, poetry and non-fiction by Mexican-Americans. Explores some cultural elements such as ethnicity, self-hood, 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. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Analyze literature in the subject area.
  1. Differentiate between types such as folk tales and realistic fiction.
  2. Identify and describe the various literary forms such as fiction, non-fiction, poetry.

Interpret the meanings, both personal and thematic, in the subject area.
  1. Summarize the readings.
  2. Assemble the various elements of the literary piece to synthesize into an interpretation.
  3. Define "Mexican American."
  4. Articulate important ideas and interpretations in class discussions.

Analyze Mexican-American literature.
  1. Identify salient themes.
  2. Identify writers in the subject area.
  3. Explain "Mexican-American" as defined by the writers.

Integrate the subject area with student's own lifeworld.
  1. Identify parallels between fictional world and their own lifeworld.
  2. Judge the applicability of "Mexican-American" to writer's lifeworld.

Generate writing on a range of topics related to the subject area.
  1. Compose a significant amount of rough draft about subject area.
  2. Compose a minimum of 500 words of revised, polished draft showing an ability to interpret and construct meaning from works read.

Participate in "writing to learn" activities.
  1. Perform writing tasks to promote learning.
  2. Write effectively for a specific audience and purpose.
  3. Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing.

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