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    Otterbein University
  Jan 18, 2018
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

INST 4035 - Native American Literatures

Hours: 4
Students in this course will learn about Native American cultures through reading and discussing the literatures created by people identifying themselves as indigenous North Americans from the period prior to European contact through the present day. A few works by non-Native authors may be included for cultural context. We will read from both oral and written traditions, from a variety of Native cultures, and in numerous genres, including stories, poetry, autobiography, political treatises, speeches, essays, novels, and film. Roughly chronological, the material in the course will be grouped thematically to help us comprehend and grapple with the loss and survival inherent in Native American life. Because the Native American literary tradition is so rich and varied, the course will use book clubs and other strategies to ensure that students learn about as many texts as possible. The course relies heavily on small group and class discussion, but will also include occasional guest speakers and multimedia presentations.