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Ways of Telling: Aboriginal Literature and Narrative Tradition (NOT OFFERED IN FALL/WINTER 2012-13)
0.50 Credit(s)
Academic Course
Prerequisite: 7.5 credits, including all first-year requirements (5.0 credits), and 1.0 credit of second-year liberal arts & sciences (including 0.5 credit in VISA/VISC/VISD/VISM).
Through a survey of Aboriginal authors, this course will introduce students to the rich literary tradition of the Americas. The course begins with the Popol Vuh codices of the ancient Maya extending to the to great oral cycle stories of the Iroquioan and Anishnaabe peoples. The course will trace Aboriginal literary development from early narratives in picture writing to contemporary expression in fiction, theatre, poetry and the essay.

Authors covered will include: novelists Eden Robinson, Joseph Boyden and Sherman Alexie; poets, Pauline Johnson, Lee Maracle, Simon J. Ortiz; playwrights Thomson Highway and Drew Hayden Taylor; and essayists Marcia Crosby, Margaret Archuleta and Gerald Vizenor.
Anti-requisite: Students who have taken ABVC 3B08 may not take this course for further credit.
Notes: ENGL 2B03 is strongly recommended in advance of 300 or 400 level ENGL Literature courses.
Course was last updated May 14, 2012 - 4:07 PM