Course Instructor Days Times Room
ENGL4860 ROMERO, CHANNETTE MWF 10:10 AM 0259

Topics Title
Southeastern Native Literature and Film
Description

This course will provide an introduction to Southeastern Native American literature and film.  We will examine fiction, poetry, essays, and films by Natives from tribes originally located in the Southeast (including, but not limited to, Cherokees, Chickasaws, Choctaws, Creeks, and Seminoles).  We will pay particular attention to the way contemporary writers and filmmakers negotiate history and historical trauma, including the 19th century forced removal of several tribes west of the Mississippi River (commonly known as the Trail of Tears).  By examining Southeastern Native literature and film, students will gain an understanding of Southeastern tribal cultures, beliefs, and storytelling traditions.  Possible authors include Thomas King, LeAnne Howe, Daniel Heath Justice, Joy Harjo, Blake Hausman, Marilou Awiakta, and others.  Possible filmmakers include Sterlin Harjo, Steven Judd, Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie, Randy Redroad, and Carol Patton Cornsilk.

This class may be taken in conjunction with Dr. Romero's "Native American Novel" and/or "Native Women Writers" courses.

Assignments

Short Critical Papers: 50%

Group Presentation:  15%

Final Exam (in essay format):  35%