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John M Findlay
HSTAA 433
Seattle Campus

A Documentary History of Pacific Northwest Identity

Considers cultural construction of Pacific Northwest region through more than two centuries of narratives, including Native American stories; travel literature from early explorers to modern tourists; accounts by newcomers from pioneer to modern era; aggressive regionalism of 1890-1945; Northwest literature of the post-war period. Offered: S.

Class description

During Summer 2007,HSTAA 433 will examine the emergence of regional identity through diverse texts, beginning with Native stories and tracing different phases of development. It will be taught by Professor John Findlay, UW History Department.

The English and History courses will meet together and share most of the same readings, but have different assignments. By arrangement, students may opt to enroll for more than one course. HSTAA 433 fulfills the Pacific Northwest history requirement for secondary-school teachers.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Combination of lecture and discussion. During Summer 2007, the following prominent regional writers will visit the class and discuss their writings with students: UW poet and essayist Heather McHugh; Native American author Debra Magpie Earling; Northwest poet Robert Wrigley; Idaho novelist and memoirist Kim Barnes; Richard White, distinguished historian of the North American West; and Marilynne Robinson, author of HOUSEKEEPING and the Pulitzer-Prize winning GILEAD. These writers will also give public readings and talks drawing on their current work.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Discussion; essays.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Christine Park Pollock
Date: 03/09/2007