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

Fall 2004

E 314V • Native American Literature and Culture

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
32095 MWF
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
PAR 310

Course Description

The content for this course will be Native American Literature and Culture—primarily that of the late 19th-20th centuries. For example, we will examine a brief history of U.S.-Native American affairs, with a particular look at Lakota history around the time of Wounded Knee. We will compare this historical context with that of more contemporary authors to identify major changes evident, say, with the emergence of the American Indian Movement. The readings will include works of fiction and non-fiction, as well as some historical documents. Films will be part of our discussion and analysis too.

We’ll explore some of the issues and themes relevant to contextual and comparative analyses: land rights, environmental debates, traditions and their effect on modern Native American societies, encounters with the Federal government, change and growth, intersecting cultural environments, personal loss and survival, lifeways and stereotypes. We’ll also do close reading of texts to identify and discuss the meaning and function of symbols, organizational patterns, and recurring motifs.

Grading Policy

Paper One (3-5 pages) 25%
Paper Two (4-6 pages) 25%
Paper Three (4-6 pages) 25%
Midterm 15%
Short Responses (3 each at 2 pages) 10%


Michael Dorris, The Broken Cord
N.Scott Momaday, House Made of Dawn
Susan Power, The Grass Dancer
Linda Hogan, Mean Spirit
Vine Deloria, Custer Died for your Sins: An Indian Manifesto
Edward Lazarus, Black Hills/White Justice (selected chapters)
Tim Giago, Notes from Indian Country (selected columns and editorials)


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