Summer 2024 - ENGL 431W D100

Seminar in Indigenous Literatures (4)

Contemporary Indg. Literature & Activism

Class Number: 4854

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

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

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units or two 300-division English courses. Strongly recommended: At least one Indigenous studies course.



Advanced seminar on selected works by Indigenous writers. May be organized by author, genre, or critical approach. This course may be repeated for credit if a different topic is taught. Writing.


This course will critically engage the works of contemporary Indigenous authors from North America with a comparative perspective situated in the broad field of Indigenous studies.  We will read a variety of genres including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, short stories, novels, as well as criticism in Indigenous studies. Additionally, we will engage with non-textual forms of Indigenous literature, including oral storytelling, performance, and land-based story. The organizing questions for this particular semester are: What is the relationship between contemporary Indigenous literature and Indigenous politics and activism? How do Indigenous scholars and writers contextualize contemporary narratives culturally, politically and historically in ethical and creative ways? How do they address sovereignty, self-determination, decolonization and resurgence in their work?


  • Participation 10%
  • Integrating Course Readings 10%
  • Reading Practices Self-Evaluation 10%
  • Journal Set 1 15%
  • Journal Set 2 15%
  • Final Research Paper (expansion of one of the journal sets) 30%
  • Final Research Presentation 10%



Why Indigenous Literatures Matter – Daniel Heath Justice

Slash – Jeannette Armstrong

#IndianLovePoems - Tenille Campbell


Why Indigenous Literatures Matter – Daniel Heath Justice

Slash – Jeannette Armstrong

#IndianLovePoems - Tenille Campbell


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Department Undergraduate Notes:

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