ENGL 230 - Indigenous Narratives
This course provides a critical engagement with First Nations, Métis and Inuit narratives. While we will focus on Indigenous communities of North America, we will also hold space for global perspectives of Indigeneity to inform our study. We will interpret the term ‘text’ broadly to honour multiple ways-of-knowing, including contemporary literary fiction as well as poetry, drama, ceremony, song, film and visual art. We will take a critical look at selected texts to provide cultural, colonial and historical context. Key themes include identity, memory, time, authenticity, representation, appropriation, cultural stereotype, trauma, reconciliation, resilience, revitalization and healing within Indigenous communities. It is important to emphasise that this course may result in students experiencing, re-experiencing, and/or processing grief and trauma, and as such, self-support and emotional healing will come first. Through reading Indigenous literatures, students can expect to interpret and examine the effects of: colonization, forced assimilation, family, status, identity, multi-generational traumas, reconciliation, gender and sexuality.
Prerequisites: Six credits of first-year English composition and literature (e.g., ENGL 100 and 101, or equivalent) or instructor’s permission.
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|Fields of study||Humanities (others)Sociology and cultural studies|
|Teaching place||Online scheduled; Ayamdigut campus, Whitehorse|