Course Information
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600018112

Programme of Study: 2018-2019

Registered students: 1
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodWinter
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
General Prerequisites
No course prerequisites.
Learning Outcomes
Students who attend this course will: •explore selected literary works by Chicana/o and Native American writers •understand the significance of these works to American society/culture •study literature in an interdisciplinary mode with extended references to history, politics and the social sciences •develop critical thinking about issues of identity, race, ethnicity etc. •refine their abilities in critical thinking and analytical writing •attain the fundamental skills in the use of critical material.
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course focuses on ethnic identity and racial difference in the USA. We will explore the perceptions and life experiences of non-dominant and other-than-white groups. Our primary focus is on works by American Indian and Mexican American (Chicana/o) thinkers. We will approach literary texts of the two racial groups and situate them within the literary canon of the USA. Emphasis will be given on the identity rhetoric they enunciate and on how they ‘relativize’ the dominant discourse of the American literary canon. The works to be discussed in class include novels, short stories, poems and films.
Ethnicity in the U.S., Race, Chicana/o literature, Native American literature
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Students can use IT in a variety of ways: access to digital resources (ebooks and eJournals), in-class screenings, real-time feedback on student performance and communication with instructor via BigBlueButton.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment903.6
Student Assessment
Final written exam.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Morales, Alejandro. The Rag Doll Plagues: A Novel. Arte Publico Press, 1992. Welch, James. The Death of Jim Loney. Penguin Books, 1987. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Emmanouilidou, Sophia. “Narrative Identity and the Dialectics of Selfhood in Chicana/o Writings.” Routledge Handbook of Chicana/o Studies, edited by Francisco A Lomelí, Denise A. Segura and Elyette Benjamin-Labarthe, Routledge, 2018, pp. 297-307. Fischer, Michael M.J. “Ethnicity and the Post-Modern Arts of Memory.” Writing Culture: The Poetics and Politics of Ethnography, edited by James Clifford and George E. Marcus, U of California P, 1986, pp. 194-233. Jimenez, Francisco. The Identification and Analysis of Chicano Literature. Bilingual Press, 1979. Leal,Luis. “The Problem of Identifying Chicano Literature.” A Luis Leal Reader, edited by Ilan Stavans,Northwestern UP, 2007, pp. 28-32. Saldívar, Ramón. Chicano Narrative: The Dialectics of Difference. U of Wisconsin P, 1990. _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Allen, Paula Gunn. “The Sacred Hoop: A Contemporary Perspective.” Studies in American Indian Literature: Critical Essays and Course Designs, edited by Paula Gunn Allen, The Modern Language Association of America, 1983, pp.3-22. Jahner, Elaine. “A Critical Approach to American Indian Literature.” Studies in American Indian Literature: Critical Essays and Course Designs, edited by Paula Gunn Allen, The Modern Language Association of America, 1983, pp. 211-224. Kidwell, Clara Sue and Alan Velie. Native American Studies, Edinburgh UP, 2005 Ruoff, A. La Vonne Brown. American Indian Literatures: An Introduction, Bibliographic Review, and Selected Bibliography. Modern Language Association of America, 1990. Weaver, Jace.Other Words American Indian Literature Law and Culture. U of Oklahoma P, 2001.
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