ENGL 564: Native American Literature

Beginning with Leslie Marmon Silko’s Storyteller, this section of Native American literature focuses on theories of text and textuality in Native American literature, and how these these understandings may resituate humans and human activity in our relationships to each other, the land, and other non-humans. By shifting away from canonical understandings of “literature,” what other media are represented as knowledge in these texts? To what extent do these literary text themselves reference or engage with non-“literary” texts? How does engagement with these literary traditions from the perspectives of those traditions challenge and/or complement traditional EuroWestern literary study?

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