Course Instructor Days Times Room
ENGL4860 ROMERO, CHANNETTE TR 11:00 AM 0269

Topics Title
Native Women Writers
Description

This course will examine narratives by American Indian women. We will begin by examining how select writers and filmmakers use the historic power of Native women to encourage social change. We will then explore how narratives by American Indian women address U.S. history and its effects on Native women’s lives, with attention to such issues as gender roles, motherhood, spirituality, sexuality, and land rights.  Finally, we will explore contemporary Native women activists and the way they use traditional Native gender roles (and/or revisions of these roles) as the basis for their activism.  Possible authors include:  Ella Deloria, Louise Erdrich, LeAnne Howe, Heid Erdrich, Winona LaDuke, and others.  This class may be taken in conjunction with Dr. Romero's "Native American Novel" course, as we will examine different texts than those included on the Native Novel syllabus.

Assignments

Short Critical Papers: 50%

Group Presentation:  15%

Final Exam (in essay format):  35%