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Native North American Literature

ENG 269W

Native North American Literature

ENG 269W

Course Description

Prerequisite: READING LEVEL 3 and any approved College Composition I course with a minimum grade of C. Surveys the literature of Native North Americans: poetry, short stories, novels, and non-fiction, including biographies of important Indian leaders. Develops an understanding of the cultures which produced the literature. Credit may be earned in ENG 269W or LIT 269W but not both. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Analyze literature in the subject area.

Objectives:

  • Interpret the meanings of literary works using various theoretical approaches.
  • Identify various literary genres.
  • Demonstrate analytical understanding through writing.
  • Develop an understanding of the cultural differences in American society and recognize the significance of cultural diversity.

Participate in writing to learn activities.

Objectives:

  • Perform writing tasks to promote learning.
  • Write effectively for a specific audience and purpose.
  • Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing.
  • Define transformative moments in the history and trajectory of Native North American literature and cultural expression.

Demonstrate an understanding of the cultural and historical context for this body of literature.

Objectives:

  • Recognize the primary elements of Native North American aesthetics as enacted in literature and, to some extent, film and visual arts.
  • Identify patterns of expression and the expressive trajectories of Native North American literature.
  • Read Native North American poems, stories, essays, and visual art.
  • Explain the function and significance of the oral tradition, including storytelling, song, and dance.
  • Explain the significance of Native North American creation, origin, and trickster stories.