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Ways of Telling: Indigenous Literature and Narrative Tradition
0.50 Credit(s)
Academic Course
Prerequisite: 3.0 credits of first-year studio and 1.0 credit of first-year liberal arts & sciences (including the Writing course with a minimum passing grade of 60%).
Through a survey of Indigenous 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 Indigenous 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, ENGL 3B08, ABVC 3B08 may not take this course for further credit.
Course was last updated July 14, 2014 - 2:29 PM