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ENGL 359 A: Contemporary American Indian Literature

Meeting Time: 
TTh 12:30pm - 2:20pm
LOW 205
Joint Sections: 
AIS 377 A
Chadwick Allen
Chadwick Allen

Syllabus Description:

This course will introduce students to 20th- and 21st-century American Indian literatures, in a variety of genres and media, and to relevant ways of understanding Indigenous self-representation in its historical, cultural, and political contexts. To help focus our study, we will read, view, and listen to texts produced primarily since the 1960s and maintain a loose focus on American Indian “performance” and American Indian engagements with “history.”  As a bonus, one of the authors we will be reading, LeAnne Howe (Choctaw), will visit class in late January, and the UW School of Drama will produce a staged reading of her new play, Savage Conversations. UW Professor Christopher Teuton (Cherokee) will also visit class in early March to discuss his work with Cherokee storytellers to produce his book Cherokee Stories of the Turtle Island Liars' Club.

Required Texts are available at University Bookstore:

Allison Hedge Coke, Blood Run: Free Verse Play (Salt Publishing)
LeAnne Howe, Savage Conversations (Coffee House Press)
LeAnne Howe, Shell Shaker (Aunt Lute Books)
Layli Long Soldier, Whereas: Poems (Graywolf Press)
Christopher Teuton, Cherokee Stories of the Turtle Island Liars’ Club (U of North Carolina P)

Required short texts are available on the course Canvas site under "Files."

Catalog Description: 
Creative writings (novels, short stories, poems) of contemporary Indian authors; the traditions out of which these works evolved. Differences between Indian writers and writers of the dominant European/American mainstream. Offered: jointly with AIS 377.
GE Requirements: 
Diversity (DIV)
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
Last updated: 
October 8, 2019 - 11:10pm