WGS 340 • Native American Women Writers-W
8:00 AM-9:30 AM
In 1927, an Okanogan/Salish woman named Mourning Dove published Cogewea, the Half-Blood. Cogewea the protagonist is no Pocahontas; shes 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 womens 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 themessurvival and renewal, continuity and changewhich distinguish this vital body of American literature.
Requirements and grading: Four papers (4-5 pages each) 80% Group presentation 10% Attendance and participation 10%