NASX 553: Indigenous Literature and the West
Spring Semesters: Online
3 Credits, Graduate Level
Instructor: Dr. Daniel Hanson
In readings and discussions, students will examine how Indigenous literature projects a self-representing and fundamentally activist literary tradition that over time has concentrated on: 1) deconstructing stereotypes, 2) rejecting the “ideology of vanishing and victimhood," and 3) reasserting culturally-grounded values and ways of knowing, creating a body of work whose ethos is consequential to both Native and non-Native readers. In the process of these considerations, students will explore how Indigenous literature is evolving to address the changing circumstances of contemporary Indigenous individuals and communities in the real-world settings of “the West,” particularly in relation to urban living, identity diversity, and ecological interdependence.
Reading for this course may include, but are not limited to:
*Resource and materials list subject to change. Check with the instructor before purchasing books!*
Dan Hanson earned his PhD in American Studies from Montana State University with a primary emphasis on western American studies and a secondary emphasis on Native American studies. Dan’s work explores the complexities of the western genre and especially ways in which historically marginalized voices interact with and/or utilize the traditional western tropes to offer different views on America’s frontier narrative.
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