ENGH 352: Topics in Ethnic American Literature

ENGH 352-001: Native American Literature
(Fall 2014)

01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR

Robinson Hall A106

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).

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Studies particular ethnic American literatures. Focuses on literatures such as Asian American, Native American, Latino/a, Arab American, or Jewish American. Notes: May be repeated when topic (expressed by course subtitle and content) is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Recommended Prerequisite: Satisfaction of University requirements in 100-level English and in Mason Core literature.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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