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EN251 – Introduction to Native American Literature

Provides a broad overview of Native American literature through a range of genres, modes, and media. Builds a Native-centered understanding of the Native American literary terrain and evaluates former and current expectations set upon Native American literature by studying the social, cultural, historical, and literary contexts of which each generation of Native American writers/artists have engaged in subtle, sweeping, restorative, and/or even problematic ways. Identifies and studies key concepts, terms, and methods by tracing chronologically themes such as settler colonialism and genocidal trauma; tribal sovereignty and current social issues; and, stereotypes, tropes and modern Native American identity and conflicts of authenticity, as well as survival models of resistance and recovery for Indigenous peoples in literature. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement. (Not offered 2018-19).


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