|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||2 essays (2,500 words each) Continuous Assessment:||100%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Resubmit or resit failed elements and/or make good any missing elements|
On completion of this module students should typically be able to:
1. demonstrate an understanding of Native American literature and of the critical debates pertaining to it;
2. write about the subject in a well-structured and well argued manner;
3. have added to their knowledge of the corpus of American literature;
4. have developed their powers of critical analysis.
1. to investigate the histories and cultures of North American Indians, paying particular attention to how differences between Indian and non-Indian world views, themes, genres, and techniques are articulated in American Indian literature;
2. to examine the great diversity of Native American oral and written storytelling. To this end we will read creation myths, traditional oral narratives and songs, collaborative autobiographies, and poetry and fiction;
3. to understand the unique place of Native Americans in U.S. society as indigenous peoples and as an ethnic and cultural minority in a polyglot nation.
We begin the course by examining the complex and dynamic relationships between Native Americans and the natural world as they are expressed through oral narratives, songs, chants, and ceremonies. We proceed by exploring a variety of textual forms through which American Indian voices were represented from the late eighteenth century through to the early twentieth century. These forms include oratory, sermons, life histories, poetry, collaborative autobiography, and novels.
In the latter half of the course we will critique literature by a variety of contemporary authors and poets.
_Seminar 1: Introduction
_Seminars 2 & 3: Oral Literatures
- Required reading: 'Introduction', 'Tales', 'Songs' and 'Oratory' sections from Velie (3-151). Pay particular attention to 'The Origin Myth of Acoma', 'The Winnebago Trickster Cycle', and 'Walam Olum'.
- Required reading: Black Elk and John G. Neihardt (ed.), Black Elk Speaks (1933)
- Required reading: Louise Erdrich, Tracks (1988)
- Required reading: N Scott Momaday, House Made of Dawn (1986)
- Required reading: Leslie Marmon Silko, Storyteller (1981)
- Required viewing: Imagining Indians (Dir. Victor Masayesva Jr, 1996)
- Required reading: Selection of online essays
- Required reading: Sherman Alexie, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (1993)
- Required viewing: Smoke Signals (dir. Chris Eyre, 1998)
- Required reading: Poetry selections from Velie
This module is at CQFW Level 6