ENGL 486

Native American Literature

This course explores the diversity of literary voices and forms that have emerged from native North American communities throughout the period of contact. The class reads examples of traditional oratory, native adaptations of western literary forms, and experimental genes, paying special attention to the historical context and cultural specificity that mark Native American literatures. The course also focuses on contemporary and historical topics critical to an understanding of Native American life within the U.S., including, but not limited to: cultural and spiritual appropriation, pan-tribalism, struggles for sovereignty, innovations on tradition, native language recovery, gender and sexuality in native communities, and land/environmental issues.