Latino Studies | A&H Seminar: The Mexican Revolution and the Creation of Modern Chicano Identity
L398 | 26725 | Geneva Gano


INSTRUCTOR: Geneva Gano
1:00P-2:15P	MW
CLASS CARRIES COLL A&H CREDIT AND CULTURE STUDIES "A" CREDIT
CLASS MEETS INTENSIVE WRITING REQUIREMENT
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This course considers the fundamental place of the Mexican Revolution
in the formation of modern Chicana/o identity.  It is organized in a
loosely chronological fashion, separated into five units. We will
begin by examining some of the key historical and cultural primary
texts of the Mexican Revolution, including literature, art, and more
by José Vasconcelos, John Reed, los tres grandes del muralismo, Tina
Modotti, Mariano Azuela, and Emiliano Zapata.  Our next unit considers
how Mexican identity was understood in the US, a period punctuated by
the “vogue of all things Mexican” (Helen Delpar) and the backlash of
the thirties, during which Mexican Americans were victimized in
beatings and lynchings and more than a million were illegally
deported, as detailed by labor activist Emma Tenayuca and others.
Together, we will look at Mexican and U.S. films starring big names
Ramón Navarro, Dolores del Rio, Lupe Vélez, and Anthony Quinn, as well
as see how the revolution is re-staged in such films as Viva Zapata!
(Kazan 1952) and Vámanos con Pancho Villa (Fuentes 1933).  We will
conclude this section with a look at historical documents surrounding
a pivotal moment in US Chicano history: the Sleepy Lagoon trial and
the infamous Zoot Suit riots (1942-43).  Our third unit focuses on el
Movimiento and its distinctive elements, including the organization of
the United Farm Workers, the idealization of Aztlán, el teatro
campesino, and machismo.  Feminist responses to el Movimiento,
including works by Lorna Dee Cervantes, Cherrie Moraga, Judy Baca, and
Ana Castillo.  We will conclude with a look at postmodern art and
literature that continues to engage with the ideas and iconography of
the revolution, including works by Gloria Anzaldúa, the EZLN, and
Sandra Cisneros.