Native American Literatures
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Native American Literatures ספרות אינדיאנית – אמריקנית
Advanced Course קורס בחירה
Dr. Dalit Alperovich firstname.lastname@example.org ד"ר דלית אלפרוביץ
Tuesdays, 12-14 Gilman 277
Office hours: Tuesdays, 11-12, by appointment
What is Native American literature? What is a Native American author? This course engages in these questions by offering an introduction to Native American literatures spanning the twentieth century. We will read fiction and non-fiction written by Native American writers from different tribal-nations, introduce indigenous epistemologies, discuss texts in literary, cultural, historical, political, and legal contexts, and become familiar with various theories, including ethnographic-formal, postcolonial, postmodern, nationalist and eco-critical approaches to Native American literature.
Two short assignments – 20%
Midterm paper – 30%
Final exam – 50%
Nov. 1st introduction- historical overview
Nov. 8th Christopher Columbus, “Letter to Luis De Santangel”
Robert Frost, inaugural poem J.F.K
Sherman Alexie “Postcards to Columbus”
Nov. 15th Robert Dale Parker, The Invention of Native American Literature, chapter I
Louise Erdrich, “Captivity”
Nov. 22nd John Joseph Mathews, Sundown
Louis Owens, Introduction to Other Destinies
Nov. 29th Sundown – continued
Simon Ortiz, “Towards a National Indian Literature: Cultural Authenticity”
Dec 6th Sundown - continued
Dec 13th N. Scott Momaday, The Way to Rainy Mountain
Arlene A. Elder, “Dancing the Page”
Dec. 20th Rainy Mountain – continued
Eric Cheyfitz, “Balancing the Earth”
Dec. 27th Leslie Marmon Silko, “Lullaby”
Jan 3rd “Lullaby”- continued
Sherman Alexie, “The Game Between the Jews and the Indians is Tied”
Jan 10th Louise Erdrich, “St. Marie”
Jan 17th Gerald Vizenor, “China Browne”
Jan 24th concluding remarks
Alexie Sherman, “Postcards to Columbus,” Old Shirts & New Skins, Anaheim: Pace Publication
---“The Game Between the Jews and the Indians is Tied Going Into the Bottom of the Ninth inning,” First Indian on the Moon, Hanging Loose P., 1993.
Cheyfitz Eric, “Balancing the Earth: Native American Philosophies and the Environmental
Crisis,” Arizona Quarterly 65.3 2009.
Columbus Christopher, from “Letter to Luis de Santangel Regarding the First Voyage (February
15, 1493), in Nina Baym (Ed.), The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Shorter
Sixth Edition, New York: Norton 2003.
Elder Arlene A., “Dancing the Page: Orature in N. Scott Momaday’s The Way to Rainy
Mountain,” Narrative 7.3, 1999, 272-288.
Erdrich Louise, “Captivity,” Original Fire: Selected and New Poems, 2003.
--- “Saint Marie,” Love Medicine, Harper Perennial, 1993.
Frost Robert, “The Gift Outright,” The Poetry of Robert Frost, 1923.
Mathews John Joseph. Sundown, 1934, Norman: U of Oklahoma P, 1988.
Momaday, N. Scott, The Way to Rainy Mountain, U of New Mexico P, 1976.
Ortiz Simon J., “Towards a National Indian Literature: Cultural Authenticity in Nationalism,” in:
John L. Purdy and James Ruppert (eds.), Nothing But the Truth: An Anthology of Native
American Literature. NJ: Prentice Hall, 2001, 120-25.
Owens Louis, Other Destinies: understanding the American Indian Novel, Norman: U of
Oklahoma P, 1994, 3-31.
Parker Robert Dale, The Invention of Native American Literature, Ithaca: Cornell U P, 2003.
Silko Leslie Marmon, “Lullaby,” Storyteller, New York: Arcade Publishing, 1981.
Vizenor Gerald, “China Browne,” in Craig Lesley (ed.), Talking Leaves: Contemporary Native
American Short Stories, New York: Dell, 1991, 294-303.
Ben-Zvi Yael, “Up and Down With Mary Rowlandson: Erdrich’s and Alexie’s versions of
“Captivity”,” Studies in American Indian Literatures, 24.4 2012: 21-46.
Bonnin Gertrude, Charles H. Fabens, Matthew K. Sniffen, Oklahoma’s Poor Rich Indians: An
Orgy of Graft and Exploitation of the Five Civilized Tribes – Legalized Robbery, Philadelphia: Office of the Indian Rights Association,1924.
Byrd Jodi A., The Transit of Empire: Indigenous Critiques of Colonialism, U of Minnesota P, 2011.
Cheyfitz Eric, “The (Post) Colonial Construction of Indian Country: US American Indian
Literatures and Federal Indian Law”, The Columbia Guide to American Indian Literatures of the United States Since 1945, Eric Cheyfitz (ed.), New York: Columbia U P, 2006.
Deloria Vine Jr. and Clifford M. Lytle, The Nations Within: The Past and Future of American
Indian Sovereignty, New Haven: Yale U P,1998.
Dippie Brian W., The Vanishing American: White Attitudes and US Indian Policy, Kansas: The
U P of Kansas, 1982.
Etter Carrie, “Dialectic to Dialogic: Negotiating Bicultural Heritage in Sherman Alexie’s
Sonnets,” in: Elizabeth Hoffman Nelson (ed), Telling the Stories: Essays on American
Indian Literatures and Cultures. 2001, 143-151.
Hall Susan, “Re-visioning Captivity: Louise Erdrich and Sherman Alexie Respond to Mary
Rowlandson’s Narrative,” North Dakota Quarterly 2011 78.1: 46-69.
Harmon Alexandra, Rich Indians: Native People and the Problem of Wealth in American
History, U of North Carolina P, 2013.
Harring Sidney L., Crow Dog’s Case: American Indian Sovereignty, Tribal Law and the United
States Law in the Nineteenth century, Cambridge: Cambridge U P, 1994.
Hunter Carol, “The Historical Context of John Joseph Mathews’s Sundown,” MELUS 9.1
Kalter Susan,“John Joseph Mathwes’s Reverse Ethnography,” Studies in American Indian
Literatures 14.1 (2002): 26-50.
Keresztesi, Rita, Strangers at Home: American Ethnic Modernism Between the World Wars,
Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 2005.
Krupat Arnold, Ethno- Criticism: Ethnography, History, Literature. Berkeley: U of California P,
--- Red Matters: Native American studies, U of Pennsylvania P, 2002.
Lutenski Emily, “Tribes of Men: John Joseph Mathews and Indian Internationalism,” Studies in
American Indian Literatures, 24.2 2012: 39-64.
Osteen Mark, Autism and Representation, New York: Routledge, 2007.
Prampolini Gaetano, “American Indian Novels of the 1930s: John Joseph Mathews’s Sundown
and D’Arcy McNickle’s The Surrounded,” Transatlantic Voices: Interpretations of
Native North American Literatures, Elvira Pulitano (ed.), Lincoln: U of Nebraska P,
Rifkin Mark, “The Duration of the Land: The Queerness of Spacetime in Sundown,” Studies in
American Indian Literatures, 27.1 2015: 33-69.
Schedler Christopher, “Formulating a Native American Modernism in John Joseph Mathews’s
Sundown,” Arizona Quarterly 55. 1(1999):127-149.
Snyder Michael, “’He Certainly didn’t Want Anyone to Know He Was Queer’: Chal Windzer’s
Sexuality in John Joseph Mathews’s Sundown,” Studies in American Indian Literatures
Treuer David, Native American Fiction, A User’s Manual, Graywolf P, 2006.
Warrior Robert Allen, Tribal Secrets: Recovering American Indian Intellectual Traditions.
Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 1995.
Zitkala-Sa, American Indian Stories, 1921, Washington: Dover, 2009.