English 84

Sophomore Seminar: Contemporary Native American Short Fiction and Poetry

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2004 Wong, Hertha D. Sweet
Sweet Wong, Hertha
M 12-1 205 Wheeler

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"We will focus on the short fiction and poetry of a select number of contemporary Native North American writers (from within the U.S., not Canada). Key concerns will be on how writers map themes central to contemporary Native American literatures: ceremonial healing, myth and history, orality and literacy, postmodern survival, internal colonialism, sovereignty, return, land-based narrative, community and individuality, ""mixedblood"" identity, geocentric subjectivity, storytelling as cultural continuity and political resistance. In addition, we will examine the literary, cultural and regional influences on these writers and place their work in the context of Native American literatures specifically and U.S. literatures and global indigenous literatures, generally. "

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