BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

ENGL-202 - The Cultural Politics of Indigenous Literature - 3.00 Credits

ENGL-202 - The Cultural Politics of Indigenous Literature - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
In this course, students will conduct a thematic study of the literary works of at least three contemporary First Nations authors. Experimenting with some of the paradigms of literary critical analysis (e.g., feminism, post-colonialism), students will write three essays on short stories, a novel, and poems to identify and analyze what they discern to be the recurring social and political themes of the writers in question.
Part of the:
  • UNIVERSITY TRANSFER Department
  • Prerequisites : ENGL 110,
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Masters Degree.
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Procedure:
    Assignments 50 - 70%, Final 30 - 50%, Total 100 %. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon the completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • understand how literary culture can serve to define an indigenous “identity politics”;
  • participate in an informed and articulate manner in classroom discussions;
  • read Indigenous texts to identify and write about the central themes – i.e., the recurring social, cultural and political concerns;
  • understand and practically apply some of the perspectives of literary analysis
  • ; and
  • write sophisticated literary analyses in plain, coherent, and persuasive English academic prose.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Alexie, Sherman. The Toughest Indian in the World. New York: Grove Press, 2000.


  • Dobie, Ann B. Theory into Practice: An Introduction to Literary Criticism. Thomson: Boston, 2002.


  • King, Thomas. Green Grass, Running Water. HarperCollinsPublishersLtd: Toronto, 1993.


  • Maracle, Lee. Bent Box. Penticton: Theytus Books, 2000.
  • Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: Subject to Education Council/Board approval.