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    Otterbein University
   
 
  Nov 22, 2017
 
 
    
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

INST 4035 - Native American Literatures

Hours: 4
Students in this course learn about Native American cultures through reading and discussing the 20th and 21st century literatures created by people identifying themselves as indigenous North Americans . A few works by non-Native authors may be included for cultural contrast. We read from both oral and written traditions, from a variety of Native cultures, and in numerous genres, including stories, poetry, autobiographies, essays, expository nonfiction, novels, and film. These readings 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  uses 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 may also include occasional guest speakers, films, or other multimedia presentations.
Notes: Paired with HIST 4310 or RELG 3300 to fulfill the dyad requirement.