NASX 553: Indigenous Literature and the West
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PREREQUISITES: Graduate standing. This course will familiarize learners with Indigenous literature and its relation to the American and Canadian West. We will seek to retrace the creation of the Western mythos while placing Indigenous perspectives and literature at the center of our discussions. Selected readings by Indigenous authors will include narratives by Leslie Marmon Silko, James Welch, Thomas King, and Tommy Orange.
This course will familiarize us with Native American and First Nations literature and its relation to the American and Canadian West. Supplemental readings from classic American literature, historical non-fiction, and film will be used to challenge or reflect upon what we mean when we refer to the “West,” both as a place or an evolving ideal. We will seek to retrace the creation of the Western mythos while placing Indigenous perspectives and literature at the center of our discussions. This juxtaposition will highlight the intersections of an Othering gaze and an internal gaze, ancient myths and modern myths, a storied place and a storied homeland.
Please note that syllabus is tentative and subject to changes before course begins.
Meeting Place and Times
10-12 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.
Tuition and Fees
If you are accepted into a qualified online program, see the appropriate MSU Online Only Tuition and Fee table below:
If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please refer to the MSU Fee Schedules.
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