William R Seaburg
A survey of both traditional and contemporary American Indian Literary genre; oral and written modes of expression, including oral narratives, autobiography, oratory, traditional and contemporary poetry, fiction.
The course will focus on contemporary literary genres and will include poetry, short stories, and three novels by contemporary Native American authors D'Arcy McNickle, Louise Erdrich, and Sherman Alexie. The course will feature folkloristic, anthropological, and literary perspectives.
Student learning goals
Apply appropriate critical vocabulary to discuss/analyze poetry;
Perform a close reading of a Native American poem;
Analyze, then compare and contrast narrative element(s) of two Indian short stories;
Visualize/analyze a work of narrative fiction by means of creative mapping;
Perform a close reading of selected passages from two of the class-assigned novels.
General method of instruction
Lecture and class discussion, with emphasis on the latter.
Class assignments and grading
See student learning goals above.
Grades will be based on written assignments and class participation.