BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

FNWS-207 - Storytelling As Metaphor: - 3.00 Credits

FNWS-207 - Storytelling As Metaphor: - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course is an exploration of First Nations women's autobiographies. This course will examine autobiography texts narrated and written by First Nations women. In all of the texts, we will explore the historical, cultural, social, political and spiritual realities of First Nations women as revealed by the telling of their stories. Common themes and issues will be discussed.
Part of the:
  • Prerequisites : ENGL 060, or English 12 and/or English 12 First Peoples or permission of instructor. Recommended prerequisite FNWS 100.
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree.
    Office Hours: 1.5 Per week
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50 - 70%, Final 30 - 50%, Total 100 %. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes:
  • Ability to deconstruct passive representations of First Nations women;
  • Understand humor as a revolutionary strategy;
  • Recognize the role of language in the formation of self;

  • Ability to undertake directed research;
  • Gain greater writing skills;
  • Develop greater critical analytical skills; and
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a group setting.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Godard, Barbara Thomson. (1985). Talking About Ourselves: The Literary Productions of Native Women in Canada. Ottawa: Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women.

  • Allen, Paula Gunn. (1986). The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Tradition. Boston: Beacon Press.

  • Arnott, Joanne. (1995). Breasting the Waves: On Writing and Healing. Vancouver: Press Gang Publishers.

  • A selection of First Nations women’s autobiographies will be placed on reserve for the duration of this class.
  • Additional reading will either be available for purchase or placed on reserve in the library.
  • Other Resources:
  • Emberley, Julia. (1993). Thresholds Of Difference: Feminist Critique, Native Women's Writing, Postcolonial Theory. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Gaber-Katz, Elaine and Jenny Horsman. (1988). “Is It Her Voice If She Speaks Their Words?” in Canadian Women Studies, Number 9, pp. 117-120.
  • Moran, B. (1988). Stoney Creek Woman: Sai’Kuzrseke: The Story of Mary John.
    Vancouver, BC: Tillacum Library.

  • Culleton, Beatrice. (1983). In Search of April Raintree. Winnipeg: Pemmican Publications.
  • Brant, Beth. (1991). Food & Spirits: Stories. Ithaca, New York: Firebrand Books.
  • Sneve, Virginia Driving Hawk. (1995). Completing The Circle. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.

  • Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information: Late Assignments: All assignments are to be handed in at the beginning of class on the date they are due. Late assignments will be assessed a 5 % per day penalty. Assignments not submitted within one week of the due date will not be accepted.
    Every effort should be made to have assignments in on the due date. Assignments will not be graded after the due date without a written agreement negotiated between student and instructor. If you know that you will be unable to hand your assignment in on time, you should discuss it with your instructor at least one week in advance of the due date. Extensions are only given in compelling medical or personal circumstances; documentation may be required.
    Papers: Papers should be typewritten if possible but hand-written papers may be accepted. Papers with illegible writing will not be graded. Students should make every effort to acquaint themselves with a computer and a writing program; watch for workshop offered by Student Services which will equip you with the tools you need for researching and writing on a computer. Papers should be completed on 8½ x 11 inch white or recycled paper and secured with a single staple in the upper left hand corner. Papers should carry the date the paper was submitted rather than the date it was due. Students should keep a hard copy of their paper or a photocopy of their paper before you hand it in.
    Attendance: Attendance at lectures is critical because much information on the various topical areas, as well as, the assignments is disseminated in class. Lack of attendance will definitely be reflected in your overall grade. Students are expected to excuse their absences, in advance of the class, through other students or the instructor. Students with three ( 3) or more documented absences may be required to withdrawn from the class and/or face disciplinary action.