Religion and Mexican American Literature: A Post-9/11 Perspective

Joseph Morales


This syllabus is an attempt to introduce a post-9/11 perspective into the study of religion and Mexican American literature.  It considers how Mexican American literary texts represent religion and spirituality, and what those representations say about post-9/11 domestic and global cross-racial relations.


Mexican American literature; Religion; September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001; Anaya, Rudolfo A.; Anzaldúa, Gloria; Ruiz de Burton, María Amparo; Espinoza, Alex; Rodriguez, Richard

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Anaya, Rudolfo. [1972] 1994. Bless Me, Ultima. New York: Warner Books.

Anzaldúa, Gloria. [1987] 2012. Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza. 4th ed. San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books.

Carrasco, Davíd. [1982] 2001. “A Perspective for a Study of Religious Dimensions in Chicano Experience: Bless Me, Ultima as a Religious Text.” In The Chicano Studies Reader: An Anthology of Aztlán, 1970- 2000, ed. Chon A. Noriega, Eric R. Avila, Karen Mary Davalos, Chela Sandoval, and Rafael Pérez-Torres, 301-26. Los Angeles: UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.

Carrasco, Davíd and Roberto Lint Sagarena. 2008. “The Religious Vision of Gloria Anzaldúa: Borderlands/La Frontera as a Shamanic Space.” In Mexican American Religions: Spirituality, Activism, and Culture, ed. Gastón Espinosa and Mario T. García, 223-41. Durham: Duke University Press.

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Pérez, Laura E. 1998. “Spirit Glyphs: Reimagining Art and Artist in the Work of Chicana Tlamatinime.” Modern Fiction Studies 44, no. 1: 36-76.

Rodriguez, Richard. 2013. Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography. New York: Viking.


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