01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR
Section Information for Fall 2014
In this introduction to Native American literature, we will read and discuss a wide range of really good stories by and about American Indians. We'll grapple, as we must, with long histories of settler-colonial violence and dispossession. But we'll focus as pointedly on the ways in which American Indian literary and cultural productions represent and honor Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and surviving. Listening closely and carefully to Native voices, we'll work to develop, to the extent possible, a Native-centered understanding of both Native history and Indian-white relations. Along the way, we will also consider each course text as a rich, complex, beautiful work of Indigenous art. Texts for this course will span many literary genres, geographical zones, historical periods, and tribal-national identities. Course requirements will include a mix of formal and not-so formal writing (some of which will be done online and some of which will be done in class); participation in Native American Heritage Month events; and possibly a trip to the National Museum of the American Indian. No exams. Prior knowledge of Native cultures is welcome but not assumed. This course counts toward the interdisciplinary minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS).