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ENGL200M - Topics in Literature: Native American Literature (3-0-3)

Native Americans, First Nations people, American Indians, Indigenous people – we debate terms but it is their ancestral land we now walk upon, and, there is now a nationwide movement to recognize the contributions of marginalized people of all backgrounds in America. In this special topics class, we will discover and discuss literature that represents various aspects of Native American life and culture, from a collection of Native American Creation Stories to the Pulitzer Prize finalist Tommy Orange’s novel, There There. We will discuss various events that have impacted Native Americans greatly such as the Trail of Tears and the Osage Murders. We will look at life both on and off the reservations and look at recent court cases that are determining the fate of Reservation lands and tribal identities.