Summer 2024 - ENGL 360 D100

Popular Writing by Indigenous Authors (4)

Indigenous Authors, 2017-2023

Class Number: 4853

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 6 – Aug 2, 2024: Tue, 12:30–4:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    30 units or two 200-division English courses.



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). This course may be repeated for credit if a different topic is taught. Students who have taken FNST 322 under this topic, or FNST 360 may not take this course for further credit.


This course will focus on popular Indigenous texts created by Indigenous authors from North America (and possibly beyond) in the past decade, taking as its point of departure Daniel Heath Justice’s statement that Indigenous texts “are at least as concerned with developing or articulating relationships with, among, and between Indigenous readers as they are with communicating our humanity to colonial society, if not more so” (xix, Why Indigenous Literatures Matter). We will read a variety of genres, including fantasy, science fiction and indigequeer literature, as well as accompanying texts for each work, to consider the ways in which Indigenous writers use popular literary forms to intervene in American or Canadian discourses about Native peoples. Additionally, we will engage with non-textual forms of popular Indigenous literature, including oral storytelling, performance, television, film, and land-based story.


  • Participation 10%
  • Integrating Course Readings 10%
  • Reading Practices Self-Evaluation 10%
  • Reading Responses (best 6 out of 10 graded) 20%
  • Final Research Presentation 15%
  • Final Research Project 35%



Jonny Appleseed – Joshua Whitehead (2018)

Son of a Trickster – Eden Robinson (2017)

Future Home of the Living God – Louise Erdrich (2017)

This Accident of Being Lost – Leanne Simpson (2017)

VenCo – Cherie Dimaline (2023)


Jonny Appleseed – Joshua Whitehead (2018)

Son of a Trickster – Eden Robinson (2017)

Future Home of the Living God – Louise Erdrich (2017)

This Accident of Being Lost – Leanne Simpson (2017)

VenCo – Cherie Dimaline (2023)


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