English 323 Chicano Literature
Professor Ramirez
Spring 2005
MW 2:00-3:50 in UH 247
ramirez@csusb.edu; 909-537-5487
Office Hours M,W 1-2 UH. 301.44

    This seminar begins with the Florentine Codex, Fray Bernardino Sahagun's transliteration of Aztec accounts of the Spanish Conquest.  We then acknowledge the impact that the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo of 1848 had on Mexicans living in what is now the U.S. Southwest.  Following this trajectory, we will read Corky Gonzales's epic poem that gave a voice to the Chicano Civil Rights Movement.  The seminar then focuses on three significant authors: Tomas Rivera, Sandra Cisneros, and Richard Rodriguez.  Throughout the term, we will discuss topics related to colonization, land tenure, farm labor, affirmative action, and bilingual education as represented in the readings. Our approach to Chicano Literature is to look at the representation of history through Aztec oral accounts, the epic poem, the novel, and the autobiography.
    This course features an interactive website with lectures notes, assignments, and links to important resource sites.   Library resources include The Literature Resource Center, the Oxford English Dictionary, as well as The Online Map Collection at the University of Texas at Austin.  Student work will also be featured online.


For more on course objectives, please refer to the policy statement.

Anderson, Dibble, & Sahagun. The Florentine Codex (1585; bookstore)
Castellanos, Rosario. "Malinche" (1972; handout)
Cisneros, Sandra. Caramelo (2002; bookstore)
Gonzales, Rodolfo "Corky". "Yo Soy Joaquin" (1967; online)
Rodriguez, Richard. Hunger of Memory (1982; bookstore)
Rivera, Tomas. And the Earth Did not Devour Him Trans. Evangelina Vigil-Piñón (1971; bookstore)

Unit I: The Encounter

Week One
Mon.  April 4  Introduction to the course: Please email a self introduction that explains your familiarity with Chicano Literature or Literature in general.

Wed.  April 6 Anderson, Dibble, & Sahagun. The Florentine Codex Chp. 1-7
Quiz 1

Week Two
Mon. April  11 Anderson, Dibble, & Sahagun. The Florentine Codex Chp. 8-20
Wed. April 13 Anderson, Dibble, & Sahagun. The Florentine Codex Chp. 21-29
Study Questions

Week Three
Mon. April 18 Anderson, Dibble, & Sahagun. The Florentine Codex Chp. 30-41
Response 1

Wed. April 20 Rosario Castellanos. “La Malinche”
Research on Malinche

Unit II:  The Civil Rights Movement
Week Four
Mon. April 25  Gonzales. "Yo Soy Joaquin" (first half of poem, up until "I am the black shawled/faithful women. . ."
The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

Wed. April 27 Gonzales. "Yo Soy Joaquin" (second half of poem)

Week Five
Mon. May 2 Rivera. And the Earth Did Not Devour Him (83-117)
Wed. May 4 Rivera. And the Earth Did Not Devour Him (118-152)
Study Guide for Response 2
Response 2

Unit III: Family Narrative and Autobiography
Week Six Caramelo: Part I
Mon. May 9 Cisneros. Caramelo Ch. 1-10
Essay Assigned
Wed. May 11 Cisneros. Caramelo Ch. 11-20

Week Seven Caramelo: Part II
Mon. May 16 Cisneros. Caramelo Ch. 21-36
Wed. May 18 Cisneros. Caramelo Ch. 37-51

Week Eight Caramelo: Part III
Mon. May 23 Cisneros. Caramelo Ch. 52-64
Essay Proposal Due (one paragraph)

Wed. May 25 Cisneros. Caramelo Ch. 65-74

Week Nine Caramelo: Part III Continued
Mon. May 30  Holiday
Wed. June 1  Cisneros. Caramelo Ch. 75-ending
Peer Critique: Bring two copies of a 5 page draft

Week Ten
Mon. June 6 Rodriguez. Hunger of Memory 1-40
Essay Due
Study Questions for Hunger of Memory

Wed.  June 8 Rodriguez. Hunger of Memory 41-110

Week Eleven
Mon.  June 13  Rodriguez. Hunger of Memory 111-195

Response 3
Friday June 17 FINAL EXAM PERIOD, 2:00 P.M.