BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

ENGL-223 - Survey of First Nations Literature - 3.00 Credits

ENGL-223 - Survey of First Nations Literature - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course will survey indigenous literature from the United States. Emphasis will be given to poetry, prose and drama of Native American authors from the time of Mourning Dove and D'Arcy McNickle to contemporary authors such as Sherman Alexie, Joy Harjo and James Welch. For comparative purposes, mainstream non-indigenous writings may be used from time to time in order to present and compare indigenous literature within their American contexts.
Part of the:
  • Prerequisites : ENGL 111, ENGL 110, or permission of instructor.
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree.
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Attendance/Participation 10% Assignments 60% Final Exam 30% Grading procedures follow the NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should demonstrate knowledge, skills, and/or attitudes in the following:
  • demonstrate proficiency in integral research writing tasks, such as the summary, abstract, proposal, review of research, formal outline, and critical research paper;

  • integrate a variety of documentary sources with the student’s own thinking;

  • demonstrate proficiency at critically reading, analyzing and evaluating both primary and secondary sources in order to interpret and responsibly manage facts, statistics, inferences, expert opinions, lay opinions, and value judgments related to selected authors and readings;

  • develop sensitivity to, and an appreciation of, racial, ethnic and cultural diversity; and

  • compose essays that demonstrate critical thinking skills.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Hogan, Linda. Mean Spirit.

  • Momeaday, Scott N. (1934). House Made of Dawn. Harper & Row.

  • McNickle, D’Arcy. (1988). Wind from Enemy Sky. University of Mexico Press.

  • Niatum, Duane, (ed.). (1987). Harper’s Anthology of 20th Century Native American Poetry. Harper & Row.
  • Silko, Leslie. (1986). Ceremony. Penguin Books.
  • Other Resources:
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