This course examines the sudden explosion of writing by and about the millions of Mexican-American citizens concentrated in the Southern states of the U.S. After the invasion of Mexico by the US in the mid nineteenth century, many Spanish speakers found themselves suddenly part of an Anglo-Saxon world, discriminated against in the workplace and in the institutions of state. Since then there has been widespread immigration (both legal and illegal) from Mexico to the US, which has led to a rich and diverse cultural strand producing amongst other cultural forms, fiction, art, film and theatre.



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