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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Spring 2004

WGS 340 • Native American Women Writers-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
44495 TTh
8:00 AM-9:30 AM
PAR 204

Course Description

In 1927, an Okanogan/Salish woman named Mourning Dove published Cogewea, the Half-Blood. Cogewea the protagonist is no Pocahontas; she’s a strong-willed, sharp-shooting, "half-breed" cowgirl who successfully blazes her own way in the modern world. Cogewea the novel was the first published by a Native American woman, and it will serve as the starting place for our study of twentieth-century Native American women’s literature. The schedule of readings includes novels, short stories, autobiographies, and poems by major Native American women writers. We will examine the specific tribal, historical, and political contexts which shape individual works, as well as the connecting themes—survival and renewal, continuity and change—which distinguish this vital body of American literature.

Grading Policy

Requirements and grading: Four papers (4-5 pages each) 80% Group presentation 10% Attendance and participation 10%


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