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Curriculum Proposal Form #4A

Change in an Existing Course

Type of Action (check all that apply)

 Course Revision (include course description & former and new syllabus)  Grade Basis

 Contact Hour Change and or Credit Change  Repeatability Change

 Diversity Option  Other:      

 General Education Option

area:  *

* Note: For the Gen Ed option, the proposal should address how this course relates to specific core courses, meets the goals of General Education in providing breadth, and incorporates scholarship in the appropriate field relating to women and gender.

Effective Term: 

Current Course Number (subject area and 3-digit course number): Chicano/English 200
Current Course Title: Chicano Literature 200: Historical Content and Contemporary Text
Sponsor(s): Pilar Melero

Department(s): Languages and Literatures

List all programs that are affected by this change:

English, Race and Ethnic Cultures, GH and Diversity

If programs are listed above, will this change affect the Catalog and Advising Reports for those programs? If so, have Form 2's been submitted for each of those programs?

(Form 2 is necessary to provide updates to the Catalog and Advising Reports)

 NA  Yes  They will be submitted in the future

Proposal Information: (Procedures for form #4A)

  1. Detailed explanation of changes (use FROM/TO format)

FROM: Identifies and interprets Chicano literature in a social and historical context with emphasis on contemporary texts. All Spanish language texts are provided in translation. (Also offered as Chicano 200 by Chicano Studies).
TO: Identifies and interprets Chican@ literature in a social and historical context with emphasis on texts written before 1980. All Spanish language texts are provided in translation. (Also offered as Chican@ 200 by Race and Ethnic Cultures).

Justification for action: When the course was created in the 1970s, the literature examined was contemporary. New literature has been created in the Chican@ field, which will become the content of Chican@ 201, our “contemporary” Chican@ literature course. The course description also accommodates the name of the other program under which the course is offered. Chican@ studies is now part of Race and Ethnic Cultures.

  1. Syllabus/outline (if course revision, include former syllabus and new syllabus)



Dr. de Onis

Chicano Studies 200

Contemporary Chicano Literature

Office Hours Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:05 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Wednesdays 2:00 to 6 p.m.
Appointment anytime

467 Heide Hall Telephone: 472-3173

Textbook(s): Villareal, Pocho

Anaya, Bless Me Última

Portillo, Rain of Scorpions

Rulfo, The Burning Plain

The purpose of this course is to become more sensitive to U.S. and Hispano cultural values and ideals.

  1. A mid-term examination.

  2. A final examination.

  3. Only 2 excused or unexcused absences are allowed. After the second absence, grade will be lowered one letter grade.


  1. No make-ups for either the mid-term or the final.

  2. Exams are essay in format.

  3. Final exam will be given according to the published timetable schedule unless otherwise specified.

  4. Lateral talking will not be tolerated.




Fall, 2009

Professor: Dr. Pilar Melero

Office: 467 Heide Hall

Telephone: 272-3173
Office Hours: Monday-Wednesday: 2-3 p.m. and by appointment


  • Bless me Ultima. Rudolfo Anaya. Berkeley, CA: Tonatiuh-Quinto Sol, 1994

  • Herencia. An Anthology of Hispanic Literature of the United States. Nicolás Kanellos (ed.) New York: Oxford University Press. 2002.

  • Rain of Scorpions. Portillo Trambley, Estela. Tempe, Arizona: Bilingual Press, 1992.

  • Other: handouts and D2L materials

All texts are available in textbook rental unless otherwise specified


Course Objective:

To analyze contemporary Chicano drama, fiction and poetry within their cultural and historical context.
Course Components:

1. Exams (50% of the final grade)

There will be three exams as outlined in the course calendar.
2. Final Exam (15 % of the final grade)

A 5+-page paper to be turned in on Wednesday, December 16, on or before 8 p.m. Topic TBA.

4. Homework (15%) attendance and active class participation (10%) = (20 % of the final grade). Late homework will NOT be accepted.
5. Culture (10% of final grade). Students are required to attend three cultural events related to the Hispanic culture (on or off campus) and turn in a one-page reaction paper for each event. Events include, but are not limited to, speakers, cultural events, movies, museum visits, art expositions, and plays. Please see cultural events calendar in D2L. Also, see instructions on how to do assignment, also on D2L.

Grading Scale

A 93-100 A- 90-92

B+ 87-89 B 84-86 B- 80-83

C+ 77-79 C 74-76 C- 70-73

D+ 67-69 D 64-66 D- 60-63

F 0-59
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is dedicated to a safe, supportive and non-discriminatory learning environment. It is the responsibility of all undergraduate and graduate students to familiarize themselves qith University policies regarding Special Accommodations, Misconduct, Religious Beliefs Accommodation, Discrimination and Absence for University-Sponsored Events. (For details please refer to the Undergraduate and Graduate Timetables; the “Rights and Responsibilities” section of the Undergraduate Bulletin; the Academic Requirements and Policies and the Facilities and Services sections of the Graduate Bulletin; and the “Student Academic Disciplinary Procedures” [UWS Chapter 14]; and the “Student Nonacademic Disciplinary Procedures” [UWS Capter 17] ).
Chican@ literature 200/English 200

Fall 2009

Calendar (Subject to change)

Dr. Melero

Date Assignment Class discussion

Sept. 2


“Where you from?”

“Ode to my Spirits”

“Hecho en Texas”

Introduction to course

Defining “Chicano” and other terms

Identity and the Chicano

Sept. 9

Read: Herencia, pp. 1-32

Turn in a one-page summary.

An overview of Hispanic literature in the United States

Exam I handed out

Sept. 16


Read: Herencia, pp. 35-58

Turn in a comment on how the views on exploration and colonization expressed here are similar or different to what you have been thought about the subject.

I do NOT want summaries.

The literature of exploration and colonization

Sept. 23

The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, search it, read it, on the Web.

Read: Herencia, pp. 106-129

Turn in a comment on how the readings relate to The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo; Seguín, Ramírez, de la Guerra, Cortina, Murieta, Billy the Kid, and The Squatter and the Don.

Sept. 30

CULTURE 1 Due (In D2L)

Documentary: “A Class Apart” An American Experience. Watch film on-line at:

Turn in a commentary on what the trial meant for the rights of Mexican-Americans and Chican@s in the U.S. Participate in D2L discussion about the movie.

Roots of resistance

Exam II posted in D2L

Oct. 7


Read: Herencia, pp. Turn in one comment paragraph for reading stating what the poem meant for Chican@ identity and for the Chican@ movement. Print and bring to class the D2L questionnaire on the reading.

Militant Aesthetics: Yo Soy Joaquin/I am Joaquin

Oct. 14

The Chican@ Movement in Wisconsin

Oct. 21

Read In D2L: “Aztlán” and “In Search of Aztlán.” Print and bring to class the discussion questions about Aztlán. Turn in one comment about Aztlán as a mythological place of origin and what it means to Chican@ identity.


Estela Portillo Trambley

Oct. 28

Read: “Rain of Scorpions” (the story in the book by the same name,) by Estela Portillo Trambley.

CULTURE 2 Due (in D2L)

Rain of Scorpions

Nov. 4

Movie: TBA. Participate in D2L discussion about the movie.

Movie, TBA.

Exam 3 posted in D2L

Nov. 11


“The Paris Gown” (In Rain of Scorpions)

The Parys Gown”

Nov. 18

Read: Bless Me Última (Introduction and chapters 1 through 7)

Bless Me Última

Dec. 2

Read: Bless Me Última (Chapters 8 through 13)

Bless Me Última

Dec. 9

CULTURE 3 Due (in D2L)

Read: Bless Me Última (Chapters 14-22)

Bless Me Última

Final exam: A 5+-page research paper to be turned in on Wednesday, Dec. 16 before 8 p.m. Topic and details TBA, but related to readings not covered in other exams.


Anaya, Rudolfo. Bless me Última. Barleley, California: TQS Publications, 1972.

Biographical Dictionary of Hispanic Literature of the United States. Kanellos, Nicolás, Kenya

Dworkin-Mendez, and José B. Fernández, eds. Houston: Arte Público Press, 2002.

Feminism, Nation and Myth: La Malinche.  Amanda Nolacea Harris and Rolando Romero, eds.  Houston: Arte Público Press, 2005.

Fusco, Coco. English Is Broken Here: Notes on Cultural Fusion in the Americas. New York:

New Press, 1995.

González, Juan. Harvest of Empire. A History of Latinos in America: New York: Viking, 2000.

González, Manuel G. Mexicanos. A History of Mexicans in the United States. Bloomington and

Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2002.

González, Ray. The Ghost of John Wayne and Other Stories. Arizona University Press, 2001.

Herencia. The Anthology of Hispanic Literature in the United States. Nicolás Kanellos, ed.

Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.

McCracken, Ellen. New Latina Narrative: The Feminine Space of Postmodern Ethnicity. Tucson:

University of Arizona Press, 1999.

Márquez, Benjamín. LULAC. The Evolution of a Mexican-American Organization. Austin:

University of Texas Press, 1993.

Morales, Ed. Living in Spaniglish. New York: St. Martins, 2002.

Oommen, T.K. Citizenship, Nationality and Ethnicity. Reconciling Competing Identities.

Cambridge: Polity Press, 1997.

Palomo Acosta, Teresa and Ruth Winegarten. Las Tejanas. 300 Years of History. Austin:

University of Texas Press, 2004.

Portillo Trambley, Estela. Rain of Scorpions. Berkeley, Calif.: Tonatiuh International, 1975.

Portillo Trambley, Estela. Sor Juana and Other Plays. Tempe, Arizona: Bilingual Press/Editorial

Bilingüe, 1983.

Paredes, Américo. Folklore and Culture on the Texas-Mexican Border: Austin: University of

Texas Press, 1993.

Rodríguez, Joseph and Walter Sava. Latinos in Milwaukee. Chicago: Arcadia Publishing, 2006.

Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage, Volume VI. Antonia Castañeda and Gabriel A.

Meléndez, eds. Houston: Arte Público Press, 2006.

Ruiz de Burton, María Amparo. The Squatter and the Don. (1885, first ed.) Rosaura Sánchéz and

Betrice Pita, eds. Houston, Texas: Arte Público Press, 1995.

Ruiz, Vicky L. From Out of the Shadows. Mexican Women in Twentieth-Century America. New

York: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Sánchez, Rosaura: Chicano Discourse. Socio-Historic Perspectives. Houston: Arte Público Press:


Sava, Walter and Anselmo Villarreal: Latinos in Waukesha. Chicago: Arcadia Publishing.

Stevens, Ilan. The Hispanic Condition: Reflections on Culture & Identity in America. New York:

Harper Collins, 1995.

The Account: Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca’s Relación. Martin A. Favata and Jose B. Fernandez,

translators. Houston: Arte Público Press, 1993.

Tovar, Héctor. Translation Nation: Defining a New American Identity in the Spanish Speaking

United States. New York: Riverhead Books, 2005

Ulibarrí, Sabine R. Mi abuela fumaba puros y otros cuentos de Tierra Amarilla/ My grandma smoked

cigars and other stories of Tierra Amarilla / [illustrations: Dennis Martínez. Berkeley, California:

Quinto Sol, 1977.

Varela, Felix: Jiconténcatl: Houston: Arte Público Press, 1995.

Vázquez, Francisco H. and Torres, Rodolfo D. Latino/a Thought. Culture, Politics and Society.

Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2003.

Women’s Tales from the New Mexico WPA. La Diabla a Pie. Tey Diana Rebolledo and Maria

Teresa Márquez, eds. Houston, Texas: Arte Público Press, 2000.

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