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Native American Literature

ENGL 082.401
crosslisted as: RELS 091, ANTH 082
instructor(s):
TR 12-1:30
fulfills requirements:
Sector 2: Difference and Diaspora of the Standard Major
Sector 6: 20th Century Literature of the Standard Major
Cultural Diversity in the US of the College's General Education Curriculum

 This course surveys the diverse body of Native American literature ranging from oral literature to film, poetry, fiction, and critical essays.  The literary works include texts written by N. Scott Momaday and Leslie Marmon Silko, anthropological works include works by A. Irving Hallowell and Joseph Epes Brown, and films such as Reel Injuns, Whale Rider, and Smoke Signals.  The class will use literary texts and anthropological analysis to study the spirituality of indigenous cultures such as the Navajo, Kiowa, Lakota, and Maori.