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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2004

E 379N • Twentieth Century Native American Literature

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33200 MWF
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
PAR 105

Course Description

This class will focus on the study of literature by Native American authors in the twentieth century. In terms of historical contexts, there will be readings from the first decades of the century, when Native Americans formed the Society of American Indians, the first pan-Indian political organization run by Indians. We will then read works written following the passage of the Indian Reorganization Act and during the eras of relocation, termination, the Red Power movement, and what has come to be identified as the Native American Renaissance. Our goal will always be to privilege Native historical, cultural, and intellectual contexts and to attempt to understand the readings from within those contexts.

Grading Policy

ATTENDANCE: Every unexcused absence over three (3) will lower your final grade average three percentage points, and any more than six (6) total absences constitutes automatic failure of the class. READING QUIZZES: A total of approximately ten five to ten minute quizzes on the day’s reading at the beginning of class time. TWO TO THREE PAGE WRITING ASSIGNMENTS: Two (2) two to three page, double-spaced analyses of a specific issue (cultural, historical, political, etc.) or theme in one of the works we are reading. EXAMS: Two fifty minute examinations that will include ten short answer questions/ identifications. The questions or identifications will come from the reading and class discussions/lectures. GRADES:
Two 2-3-page papers 20% each
Two Exams 20% each
Reading Quizzes 20%


Alexie, Sherman (Spokane and Coeur d’Alene), The Toughest Indian in the World
Deloria, Vine, Jr (Standing Rock Dakota), Custer Died for Your Sins
Earling, Debra Magpie (Confederated Salish and Kootenai), Perma Red
Erdrich, Louise (Ojibway or Anishinabe), Love Medicine
McNickle, D’Arcy (Confederated Salish and Kootenai), The Surrounded
Momaday, N. Scott (Kiowa), House Made of Dawn
Tohe, Laura (Diné), No Parole Today
Zitkala-Sa/Gertrude Bonnin (Yankton Dakota, Selected writings


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