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Native American Novel

This course will provide an introduction to the Native American novel.  We will examine the ways in which contemporary American Indian writers use the oral traditions, religious beliefs, and histories of their tribes to experiment with the traditional novel form.  The novels we will be reading experiment with narrative voice, form, characterization, temporality, and the traditional function of the novel in an attempt to represent Native viewpoints, communities, and histories.  We will explore how these writers appropriate the identity and community-building function of the novel to create new narratives to help Native peoples negotiate contemporary American Indian life.  While our primary texts will be novels written by Native authors, we will supplement our reading with secondary texts of novel theory.  Possible primary authors include Leslie Marmon Silko, Stephen Graham Jones, LeAnne Howe, Louise Erdrich, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Cherie Dimaline, and others.   Possible secondary authors include Ian Watt, Walter Benjamin, Jodi Byrd, Simon Ortiz, Benedict Anderson, Joseph Slaughter, and Linda Hutcheon.  This course should appeal to students interested in the novel form and narrative theory, as well as students interested in Native and Multicultural literature.  


Group Presentation: 15%

Short Critical Papers: 50%

Final Exam:  35%