ENGL-209 Native American Literature
Spring for 2014-2015
Introduction to Native American Literature
This course, on the cultures and traditions of the indigenous peoples of North America, will focus on Native American literature since the 1960s, a period that has come to be called the Native American Renaissance. We will read novels, poetry, plays, and literary and cultural criticism by major Native authors, and will watch dramatic performances (by Spiderwoman Theater) and at least one film (Powwow Highway (1989)). Some major preoccupations in this body of work are the recovery of identity; revising racial, gender, and colonial stereotypes about “Indians”; indigenous practices of resistance to colonization; Native understandings of a traditional connection with the land; and cultural and political issues involving sovereignty. We will examine writings in English, although aspects of Native oral traditions will be explored when integral to understanding the written text. Authors will include James Welch, Louise Erdrich, Scott Momaday, Leslie Marmon Silko, Joy Harjo, Linda Hogan, Thomson Highway, and Sherman Alexie.
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