ENGL6694The Politics of Native North American Literatures3 ch
This course examines the politics of identity as depicted by a range of Native North American authors, including Leslie Marmon Silko, Thomas King, Beth Brant, Gregory Scofield, Joy Harjo, and Daniel David Moses, over the past three decades. We will read poetry, prose, novels, and plays, in conjunction with secondary critical articles that address some of the central debates in the fields of “First Nations” and “Native American” literature. Part of our task will be to consider how those designations have been produced and reinforced by writers and/or critics, and what concepts of identity, whether political, social, cultural, or linguistic, have been used to classify or define Native literatures and authors. As an integral part of the class, we will also consider how questions of identity necessarily inflect the teaching of Native North American literatures.