Fall 2021 - INDG 360 D100

Popular Writing by Indigenous Authors (4)

Class Number: 3907

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 8 – Dec 7, 2021: Tue, Thu, 12:30–2:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units.



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, INDG (or FNST) 322 under this topic, or FNST 360 may not take this course for further credit.


What do we mean by “popular” Indigenous writing? Does popularity correlate with book sales? With media attention? With film/tv adaptations? In this course, we will look at examples of popular Indigenous writing (fiction and comics/graphic novels) that draw from a range of genres, including Indigenous Futurisms, Humour, Fantasy, and urban Indigenous storytelling. We will focus on the ways that contemporary Indigenous authors are working across genre boundaries within the realm of fiction, using their platforms to convey important sociopolitical critiques on settler colonialism (and its ongoing realities) while simultaneously resisting genre categorization.



  • Attendance & Participation 10%
  • Short Paper (4 pages) 25%
  • Group Presentation 15%
  • Research Paper Proposal (3 pages) 20%
  • Research Paper (8-10 pages, ~2000-2500 words) 30%


To receive credit for this course, students must complete all requirements. 

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 residential schools, sexual/physical assault, and substance abuse).



Thomas King, Indians on Vacation: A Novel
ISBN: 9781443465465

Cherie Dimaline, The Marrow Thieves 
ISBN: 9781770864863

Katherena Vermette, The Break 
ISBN: 9781487001117

Eden Robinson, Son of a Trickster
ISBN: 9780345810793

Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection (Volume 3) 
ISBN: 9780228706229

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