This course cannot be repeated and is limited to upper-division English majors only.
This course will centralize creative works (novels, poetry, film, short stories) by indigenous peoples, and consider their approaches to storytelling, history, and politics. Along the way, we will be exploring topics of indigeneity; authenticity and heritage; memory and history; urban life and ecology; and comparative research methodologies. Through readings and discussions, students will engage with the basic histories, critical terms, and debates surrounding indigeneity as a mode of belonging. We will read works by writers from Australia, Aotearoa/ New Zealand, Canada, and the United States. Writers may include Kim Scott, Melissa Lukashenko, Patricia Grace, Louise Erdrich, Sherman Alexie, and Thomas King. We will also examine a number of other media, from paintings to photographs to films.