Dian L. Million
Literature and poetry of the Pacific Northwest (Coast and Plateau) Native peoples. Contemporary literature and discussion of social and cultural issues raised by American Indian writers and writing. Offered: AW.
Contemporary poets, authors and short fiction writers who are from the Arctic, Canadian west coast and U.S Pacific Northwest. Literature includes writers from Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. Beginning with the oral resonance of contemporary American Indian literature the class follows writers into their encounters with community, contemporary social issues and identity.
Student learning goals
Recognize, discuss and write on a spectrum of writers from American Indian and First Nations tribal communities in the North and Northwest.
Recognize and then demonstrate your knowledge of the different positions that these writers have taken in the politics of representing Native America
Be able to define, discuss and analyze the importance of relationship, voice, context, politics and aesthetic in American Indian literature
Honor, discuss and write from your own experience in the presence of those with different experiences, the authors and your fellow classmates
Demonstrate critical and reflexive thought in writing and in small group discussions
General method of instruction
Hybrid,multimedia with large group and small group discussion in classroom, small group assignment
Enjoy reading and writing about literatures; strong respectful interest in different traditions.
Class assignments and grading
Reading and analysis assignments key to success, small group discussion assignments, short expository papers, and small group presentation.
Grades assigned for completion of written work demonstrating comprehension of main concepts taught in the course, and participation in discussion groups.