E 379S • Senior Seminar
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
E 379N (Topic: Twentieth Century Native American Literature) may not also be counted.
The focus of this class will be a small group of influential, award-winning, and often controversial Native American (American Indian) writers that are part of the first two generations of what has been called the Native American Renaissance. The authors that we read will provide us with the critical framework for our discussions of identity, storytelling, tradition, community, and the representation of Native Americans in popular culture. One primary goal will be to foreground Native historical, cultural, and intellectual contexts and to attempt to understand the readings from within those contexts.
Five reading responses of two pages each and work on rough drafts of your essays in two peer review sessions 20%
Two formal essays of three pages each 30%
One research paper of ten pages 50%
Alexie, Sherman (Spokane and Coeur d'Alene), Reservation Blues
Erdrich, Louise (Ojibway or Anishinabe), Tracks
King, Thomas (Cherokee), The Truth About Stories
Power, Susan (Standing Rock Dakota), The Grass Dancer
Silko, Leslie Marmon (Laguna Pueblo), Ceremony
Selected poems and short stories by Alexie, King, and others in class handouts.