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In this class we will trace the developments of Chicana writing as a crucial part of the Chicano/a Movement. In its broadest sense the term designates texts produced in the United States by Mexican-American female authors. As part of the biggest minority group in the United States Chicana authors did not only have to find and articulate their own voice as racial Other but at the same time as women within a patriarchally defined community. To understand this position “in-between” a male dominated Civil Rights Movement and the white dominated feminist movement we will read poems, novels, and short stories of authors such as Gloria Anzaldúa, Ana Castillo, Helena Maria Viramontes, Sandra Cisneros, and Cherry Moraga. The texts will be further placed in the context of autobiographical writing and gender theory to understand the importance of the literary expressions for the Chicana feminist movement and the struggle to formulate the subject position of “the” Chicana.
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