Department of English

Alexandrea Pérez Allison

M.A., University of Texas; B.A., Rice University

PhD Candidate



U.S. Latinx/a/o Literature, Decoloniality, Latina Feminism, the Archive


My research focuses on twentieth and twenty-first century U.S. Latinx literature, particularly the relationships between literature and the archive and how contemporary Latina authors engage with archival practices to craft new historical narratives that critique a twenty-first century political climate.


E 314V • Mexican American Lit And Cul

34450 • Fall 2019
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM BEN 1.122
CDWr (also listed as MAS 314)

E 314V  l  3-Mexican American Literature and Culture


Instructor:  Allison, A

Unique #:  34450

Semester:  Fall 2019

Cross-lists:  MAS 314


Prerequisites:  One of the following: E 303C (or 603A), RHE 306, 306Q, or T C 303C (or 603A).


Description: This course will focus on the relationship between Mexican-American literature and culture as imagined by a variety of authors and genre, including novels, short stories, poetry, essays, historical documents, internet posts, and film.  Through these diverse media, we will examine the development of individual and cultural identity from both historical and contemporary perspectives.  Some issues we will examine include cultural nationalism during the Chicano Movement; post-movement critiques of nationalist aesthetics; the intersection of ethnicity, class, and gender in the formulation of identity; and the impact of immigration in the shaping of the Mexican-American experience.  With a sharp focus on critical reading, writing skills, and historical context, we will discuss a legacy of Mexican American literature which extends far past the Civil Rights Movement, Age of the “Hispanic,” or “Latin Boom” in order to reveal a deep and rich history of Mexican Americans both from within and beyond the borders of the United States.


The primary aim of this course is to help students develop and improve the critical reading, writing, and thinking skills needed for success in upper-division courses in English and other disciplines.  They will also gain practice in using the Oxford English Dictionary and other online research tools and print resources that support studies in the humanities.  Students will learn basic information literacy skills and models for approaching literature with various historical, generic, and cultural contexts in mind.


Preliminary texts:  George Washington Gómezby Américo Paredes, …And the Earth Did Not Devour Himby Tomás Rivera, The House on Mango Streetby Sandra Cisneros, and How to Be a Chicana Role Model by Michele Serros.


Requirements & Grading: Essay 1 10%; Essay 1 Revision 15%; Essay 2 20%; Research Project 15%; Reading Responses 10%; Reading Quizzes 10%; Writing Workshop 10%; Project Proposal 5%; Oral Presentation 5%.

AMS 315 • Ethncty & Gender: La Chicana

31030 • Spring 2019
Meets MWF 12:00PM-1:00PM JGB 2.202
CD SB (also listed as MAS 311, SOC 308D, WGS 301)


The term “Chicana” has its roots in the 1960’s-70’s Civil Rights Era and the Chicano Movement. Beginning with this rich activist heritage and ending at our current political moment, in this class we will deconstruct the term “Chicana,” discovering and celebrating the plurality of meanings and identities that make up the word. We will do this work through a survey of multiple genres—poetry, film, testimonio, and more—and we will have the opportunity to see how Chicanas have interrogated and manipulated different forms in order to best express their hybridized selves.


Readings will come from authors such as Sandra Cisneros, Gloria Anzaldua, Ana Castillo, and Norma Cantu. 

AMS 315 • Ethncty & Gender: La Chicana

31110 • Fall 2018
Meets MWF 9:00AM-10:00AM GAR 0.132
CD SB (also listed as MAS 311, SOC 308D, WGS 301)

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RHE S306 • Rhetoric And Writing

84435 • Summer 2018
Meets MTWTHF 10:00AM-11:30AM PAR 304

Multiple meeting times and sections. Please consult the Course Schedule for unique numbers.

This does NOT meet the Writing Flag requirement.

This composition course provides instruction in the gathering and evaluation of information and its presentation in well-organized expository prose. Students ordinarily write and revise four papers. The course includes instruction in invention, arrangement, logic, style, revision, and strategies of research.

Course centered around the First-Year Forum (FYF) selected readings. Students focus on the foundational knowledge and skills needed for college writing. In addition, they are introduced to basic rhetoric terms and learn to rhetorically analyze positions within controversies surrounding the FYF readings.

RHE 306 is required of all UT students. Contact Student Testing Services at (512)-232-2662 to petition for RHE 306 credit.

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