LEGACY OF AZTLÁN
Myrriah Gómez, email@example.com
In this class we will examine primary texts beginning in the Spanish Colonial period of the Aztec (Mexica) people in Tenochtítlan (modern-day Mexico City). We will examine the Aztec codices as well as read the colonizers’ documents. We will move throughout a 500-year history to discuss contemporary issues affecting Chicanas/os in the U.S. today. We will examine questions of race, gender, class, and sexuality throughout this course. We will pair the larger literary productions with contemporary music, poetry, and art—among other creative mediums— to understand the political, historical, and sociocultural significance of Aztlán.
READINGS AND TEXTS
1. Letters from Mexico. Hernan Cortes and Anthony Pagden (translator).
2. Maltintzin’s Choices: An Indian Woman in the Conquest of Mexico. Camilla Townsend.
3. Aztlán: Essays on the Chicano Homeland. Rudolfo Anaya and Francisco Lomeli (editors).
4. Heart of Aztlán, Rudolfo Anaya.
5. Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza. Gloria Anzaldúa.
FILMS AND OTHER COURSE MATERIALS
The Last Conquistador. John Valadez and Cristina Ibarra
I Am Joaquin. Luis Valdéz
…And the Earth Did Not Swallow Him. Severo Pérez
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