Monday, February 9, 2009

Qualifying Exams List, 1st draft (U.S. Latino Literature)

I am posting this rough draft to aid anyone searching the internet for help constructing exam lists. My advisor has suggested an altogether different trajectory in searching for relevant works which involves finding secondary sources (usually literary criticism) that tries to synthesize various works into an argument about the tradition or moment in which these works are engaged. I've also included a list of "gringo" works which I hope can give an account of the overlapping concerns and contradictions between U.S. Latino literature and that of the "gringos."

My advisor's response knocked the wind out of my sails given the fact that I've been spending the last few months reading historical accounts of the practices of the literature and anthologies that laid the pieces out in schematic detail. He also knocked the pre-1945 works off my list--it is a post-WWII through the present list anyway. Nonetheless, here they are in a rough draft:

Jose Marti. New York Writings (1898).
Azuela, Mariano. The Underdogs (1915).
Mena, Maria Cristina. The Collected Stories of Maria Cristina Mena (1931).
Perez, Luis. El Coyote: The Rebel (1947).
Octavio Paz. The Labyrinth of Solitude (1950).
Paredes, Americo. “With a Pistol in His Hand:” A Border Ballad and its Hero (1958).
Virreal, Jose Antonio. Pocho (1959).
Jesus Colon. A Puerto Rican in New York and Other Sketches (1961).
Luis Valdez. Early Works. (1960s).
John Rechy. City of Night (1963).
Gonzales, Rodolpho “I Am Joaquín” (1967).
Piri Thomas. Down These Mean Streets (1967).
Rivera, Tomas. ...And the Earth Did Not Devour Him (1971).
Pietri, Pedro. “Puerto Rican Obituary” (1973).
Rodolfo Anaya. Bless Me, Ultima (1973).
Acosta, Oscar Zeta. Revolt of the Cockroach People. (1974).
Piñero, Miguel. Short Eyes (1975).
Acosta, Iván. El Super (1982).
Moraga, Cherrie L. Loving in the War Years (1983).
Hinojosa, Rolando. Klail City (1987).
Anzaldua, Gloria. Boderlands / La Frontera (1987).
Hijuelos, Oscar. The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love (1989).
Arturo Islas. The Rain God: A Desert Tale (1991).
Arenas, Reinaldo. Antes Que Anochezca (1992).
Cristina Garcia. Dreaming in Cuban (1993).
Abraham Rodriguez Jr. Spidertown (1993).
Alvarez, Julia. In the Time of Butterflies (1994).
Diaz, Junot. Drown (1996).
Martinez, Demetria. Mother Tongue (1997).
Goldman, Francisco. The Ordinary Seaman (1998).
Murray, Yxta Maya. Locas (1998).
Tobar, Hector. The Tattooed Soldier (2000).
Quiñonez, Ernesto. Bodega Dreams (2000).
Vea, Alfreado. Gods Go Begging (2000).
Cisneros, Sandra. Caramelo (2003).
Rodriguez, Richard. Hunger of Memory (2004).

Gringo Lit.
Wilder, Thornton. The Bridge of San Luis Rey. (1927).
Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby (1925).
William Carlos Williams. In the American Grain (1925).?
Faulkner, William. Light in August (1932).
Dos Passos, John. The Big Money (1936).
Hemmingway, Ernest. For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940).
Mailer, Norman. The Naked and the Dead (1948).
Burroughs, William. The Yage Letters (1952).
Ellison, Ralph. The Invisible Man (1952).
Miller, Arthur. The Crucible. (1953).
Bellow, Saul. The Adventures of Augie March (1953).
Kerouac, Jack. Tristessa (1960).
Burroughs, William. Naked Lunch (1962).
Dos Passos, John. Brazil on the Move (1963).
O’Connor, Flannery. “Everything that Rises Must Converge,”
“A Good Man is Hard to Find” (1965).
Pynchon, Thomas. The Crying of Lot 49 (1966).
Roth, Philip. Portnoy’s Complaint (1969).
Gaddis, William. JR (1975).
Doctorow, E.L. Ragtime (1975).
O’Brien, Tim. Going After Cacciato (1979).
Auster, Paul. In the Country of Last Things (1987).
McCarthy, Cormac. The Crossing (1995).
Updike, John. Rabbit is Rich (1996).
Delillo, Don. Underworld (1998).
McCarthy, Cormac. Cities of the Plain (1999).

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