ENGLISH 382 - Native American Literature
Section: 201 Native-American Literature of the Great Lakes: The Pre-Colonial Period to the Present (1300-present)
Term: SU 2008
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Class Misc Info:
This class satisfies the New Traditions and American Literature requirement for English concentrators; it satisfies the “Pre-20th Century United States” and “Ethnic or Indigenous Studies” breadth requirements for American Culture concentrators and academic minors.
May not be repeated for credit.

In this class we will study the oral and written literatures of the Native American Indian culture of the Great Lakes area — emphasizing memoirs, essays, fiction, poetry, drama, and film of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries — examined within their cultural and historical contexts. We will read and become familiar with a range of oral traditional and 19th, 20th, and 21st century texts by Anishinaabe authors. Texts studied will be examined within their cultural and historical contexts.

This course will promote an understanding of the ways in which the ongoing legacy of colonialism has impacted all Native peoples, especially the Anishinaabeg, and it will explore current debates and issues in the field of Native American, Algonquian, and Anishinaabe/Ojibwe studies. Through the exposure to Native literature, you should more readily recognize stereotypes about Native Americans and other groups of peoples. Texts and discussions will focus specifically on ways that racial and ethnic intolerance has impacted Native Americans in Michigan including examples of the social, political and economic effects of discrimination. We will also examine ways in which non-native citizens of Michigan are not exposed to the full range of cultural heritage of their state. In general, you will be encouraged to become better world citizens through the development of critical thinking skills about cross-cultural issues. You will also be encouraged to make connections to the local Native American community by attending Pow Wows and other available events.

By studying Anishinaabe literature from oral beginnings to the present; you will be made more aware of issues involved in the study of oral traditional texts in translation, as well as cultural issues raised by the teaching of sacred texts in the classroom. You will also learn the history of Native Americans and examine how texts were read in their contemporary contexts, as well as the interpretive questions that they present for readers today. Using standard literary terms and analysis of texts you will be practicing critical literary analysis. Finally, we will study the philosophies and religious beliefs of Native peoples and cultures as they manifest themselves in the texts. The primary goal of this class is to introduce students to the rich literary legacy of this place and the people who have know it for thousands of years.

ENGLISH 382 - Native American Literature
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201 (LEC)
MW 10:00AM - 12:00PM
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