Fall 2019 - FNST 360 D100
Popular Writing by Indigenous Authors (4)
Class Number: 7945
Delivery Method: In Person
Examines works of popular fiction by Indigenous authors and their use of specific genres (e.g. the mystery novel, vampire thriller, sci fi, comic book). Students with credit for ENGL 360, or FNST 322 under this topic, may not take this course for further credit.
In “Indigenous Wonderworks and the Settler-Colonial Imaginary,” Cherokee scholar Daniel Heath Justice asks “If the colonial imaginary is one predicated on Indigenous deficiency and absence, an empty frontier awaiting white supremacy to give it shape and substance, then what alternative does the Indigenous imaginary offer to us as readers and as bearers of embodied story? How might a different way of engaging our histories and imagining our futures chart a different course for relationship and different possibilities for the future?” Science fiction’s rhetoric of colonizing worlds and horror’s use of the Indian burial ground trope is being challenged by Indigenous writers and filmmakers. We will be using Indigenous ways of knowing to understand how Indigenous peoples are pushing the boundaries of genre literature and film.
- Participation 10%
- Response Paper 1 (4 pages) 25%
- Film Review (3 pages) 15%
- Paper Proposal (3 pages) 20%
- Research Paper (2000-2500 words) 30%
Warning: This course deals with a number of challenging and emotionally-charged issues, and some students may find the content unexpectedly stressful, especially around the discussion of ongoing colonization. Because we will be focusing on horror and science fiction, readings and films may include violence and disturbing themes and imagery.
Dimaline, Cheri. The Marrow Thieves
Jones, Stephen Graham. Mapping the Interior
Nolan, Yvette. The Unplugging
Robinson, Eden. Monkey Beach
Sturgis, Amy, ed. A Celebration of Indigenous American Fantasists. Special edition ofApex Magazine, August 2017 (available online)
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