Writing

Instructions:

Respond to just ONE prompt. Please read and follow all directions carefully.

The goal of this exam is to show critical thinking and course engagement. For this essay you must utilize the course readings as your primary support and evidence, and properly cite those readings using MLA citation format. You will be required to utilize minimum 3 different authors in your essay. A strong essay will typically utilize 4-6 readings and be no shorter than 4.5 pages. Be careful to NOT overuse direct quotations. This essay must focus on analysis and contain mostly your own words. You are also free to utilize course lecture notes or films we viewed in class as support, but these lecture/film citations will NOT count toward your minimum 3 author citations. You must include a complete Works Cited page and in-text citations. Please save your document with your name in the file name and include page numbers.

  • The essay will engage deeply with the course readings to develop and support your thesis. Outside sources will not be needed or accepted for this exam.
  • The essay will be concise and thoughtful. It will have a solid and detailed thesis and contain well-supported analysis. All sources will be properly cited in MLA format.
  • The essay will be no longer than 5 pages, excluding Works Cited and MLA headings.
  • The essay will be double-spaced, 12-point font, Times New Roman (1″ margins).
  • If you do not know MLA or do not own an MLA style guide you can view one at the following website: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01…
  • Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Students who plagiarize will be referred to Student Judicial Affairs (http://sja.ucdavis.edu/files/cac.pdf)

Prompts:

Choose just ONE of the following prompts and respond to it clearly, directly, and completely in 5 pages. These prompts offer slightly different formats. Prompt 1 asks you to write about Chicanx movement formation, naming three specific forms of resistance which you must address in your essay. Prompt 2 asks you to write about forms of Chicana/Latina resistance, also naming three specific forms of resistance which you must address in your essay.

Prompt 1:

The second half of CHI 10 has focused primarily on shifting modes of racialization in the 20th century and the forms of Chicanx resistance that have arisen in response. We’ve discussed:

  1. The exploitation of the laboring Chicanx subject and resultant labor rights organizing
  2. The criminalization of the Chicanx subject and the civil rights battles waged to gain recognition for Chicanxs in law/society
  3. The fear of radical or revolutionary Chicanx youth and their competing visions for Chicanx politics

For this final essay, you will explain how the Chicanx movement came into formation in the twentieth century through each of the three histories of organizing listed above. In order to do so, must first explain the specific conditions of Chicanx racialization in the twentieth century that have generated collective resistance. Second, discuss in specific detail how each of these three histories of organizing have imagined and enacted Chicanx resistance in their constructions of Chicanismo. Use clear examples, paying attention to the interactions between capital, law, and ideology as racializing forces and the varying ways the movement chooses to respond to these racializing forces.

Prompt 2:

Another key theme of CHI 10 has been racialized gender and women of color’s resistance to femicide and marginalization under white heteropatriarchy. We’ve discussed:

  1. The practical role of women as labor leaders, their specific exploitations in the workforce, and their relegation to the domestic sphere
  2. The wounded poetics of Chicana subjectivity and the construction of Chicana feminist critiques to Chicanx nationalism
  3. The absence of women’s voices from the archive and the claiming of Chicana/Latina existence against the erasure of WOC’s pains/voices/desires

For this final essay, you will explain how Chicanx femmes and other WOC have historically been integral to racialized resistance through each of the three histories of Chicana/Latina resistance and critique listed above. In order to do so, you must first explain the specific conditions of heteropatriarchy and white supremacy that women of color have responded to in the United States. Second, engage in a detailed analysis of at least three specific examples of Chicanx/Latinx women’s resistance as it has shaped/reshaped Chicanismo. Pay specific attention to the interactions between capital, law, and ideology as racializing/gendering forces, and the various ways Chicanx/Latinx femmes have responded to these forces.

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