Introduction to Native American Literature
I. Course Prefix/Number: EGL 227
Course Name: Introduction to Native American Literature
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
A. Identify some of the major works and writers of the Native American literature tradition.
B. Explain the complexities of gender, nationality, and class in the Native American literary tradition.
C. Delineate the social, intellectual, and historical influences specific to the development of Native American literary traditions in America.
D. Interpret the formal elements of these works, using appropriate terminology, such as: theme, conflict, figurative language, etc.
E. Analyze works in the context of their literary, cultural, and historical backgrounds.
F. Synthesize knowledge of genre, formal elements, and background material.
G. Incorporate secondary sources in the analysis and interpretation of literary texts.
V. Academic Integrity
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Details of the Code of Academic Conduct can be found in the Student Handbook.
VI. Sequence of Topics
• Fools Crow – Welch
• Tracks – Edrich
• House Made of Dawn – Momaday
• Ceremony – Silko
• The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven – Alexie
• Harold of Orange: A Screenplay – Vizenor
Much of the selected poetry will reflect cultural information and attitudes. Students will read works by poets, such as the following: Paula Gunn Allen, Wendy Rose, Linda Hogan, Louise Erdrich, Joy Harjo, Sherman Alexie, Simon Ortiz, James Welch, and Peter Blue Cloud. Poems may be selected to accompany the longer works – especially when the poetry, fiction, and drama intersect in theme.
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
IX. Instructional Materials
Novels, short stories, poetry and/or drama by Native American writers. Films, audiovisual materials and/or guest lectures may be used when appropriate.
Suggested anthologies: Nothing But the Truth, Purdy and Ruppert, Prentice - Hall, 2001.
Native American Literature, Gerald Vizenor, Harper, 1995.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Office of Access, Equity and Diversity. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.