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AIS 377 A: Contemporary American Indian Literature

Summer Term: 
Meeting Time: 
MTWTh 10:20am - 12:30pm
SIG 229
Carol Edelman Warrior

Syllabus Description:

How and why does Native American literature address issues of identity? Why and how do Native literatures correct misrepresentations of Indigenous peoples and cultures? In what ways do Native American literatures engage with, and imagine Native communities’ futures? With emphasis on the novel, but not limited to that form, this course engages these questions through Native-authored literature (including short stories, a film or two, and a comic book or graphic novel). Students will consider the contexts from which particular Native American literatures emerge, and the ethical concerns associated with reading Native literature. Through the course’s readings and discussions, students will learn how the use of genre, language, and humor work together in Native American fiction to delight, challenge, and intrigue multiple audiences.  

Catalog Description: 
Creative writings (novels, short stories, poems) of contemporary Indian authors; the traditions out of which these works evolved. Differences between Indian writers and writers of the dominant European/American mainstream. Offered: jointly with ENGL 359.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
December 8, 2017 - 3:22pm