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ENGL 01B Baker: Understanding Your Prompt

Introduction to Literature

Essay #2

Prompt 1 

In Paula, Isabel Allende mixes together memoir (which is factual) with a fictionalized version of her family history. In "Zoot Suit," Luis Valdez mixes together historical fact about the Sleepy Lagoon Murders and the Zoot Suit riots with fictionalized situations and characters. Compare and contrast the ways that Allende and Valdez mix reality and fiction. Are their approaches similar? Are there approaches different? What insight or meaning do we gather from noticing these similarities or differences?

For this prompt, you should also include at least one research source that you gather from the library catalog or databases that gives insight into the historical veracity of one of the works.

Prompt 2 

In Mexican Village, Josefina Niggli paints a fictionalized portrait of rural Mexico and its inhabitants. In Chicano, Richard Vázquez does the same. Compare and contrast the ways that Niggli and Vázquez present rural Mexico and its inhabitants. How are their approaches similar? How are their approaches different? What insight or meaning do we gather from noticing these similarities or differences?

For this prompt, you should also include at least one research source that you gather from the library catalog or databases that gives insight into trends regarding the literary and/or artistic depictions of Mexico and its inhabitants.

Prompt 3 

In Mexican Village, Josefina Niggli paints a fictionalized portrait of rural Mexico and its inhabitants. In Pocho, José Antonio Villareal does the same. Compare and contrast the ways that Niggli and Vázquez present rural Mexico and its inhabitants. How are their approaches similar? How are their approaches different? What insight or meaning do we gather from noticing these similarities or differences?

For this prompt, you should also include at least one research source that you gather from the library catalog or databases that gives insight into trends regarding the literary and/or artistic depictions of Mexico and its inhabitants.

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