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2017-2018 Course Catalog 
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ENGL 2015 - American Indian Literature

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture NoneLab None
Course Description: This college literature course intended for all students will analyze and explore an introductory survey of major literary works written by and/or attributed to American Indian authors, from the oral tradition to contemporary literature. Selections may include works by Sherman Alexie, Black Elk, Ella Vine Deloria, Louise Erdrich, Linda Hogan, N. Scott Momaday, and Leslie Marmon Silko.
MnTC Goals
6 Humanities/Fine Arts, 7 Human Diversity

Prerequisite(s): Assessment score placement in RDNG 1000  or above, or completion of RDNG 0900  or RDNG 0950  with a grade of C or higher.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: Completion of ENGL 1021  with a grade of C or higher.

Major Content
  1. American Indian Literature
  2. The oral tradition.
  3. First contact
  4. Shifting culture
  5. Contemporary identity issues
  6. Links between past and present

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an awareness of the scope and variety of American Indian literature.
  2. Analyze those works as expressions of individual and human values within historical, literary, and social contexts.
  3. Articulate an informed personal reaction to American Indian literature.
  4. Demonstrate an awareness of the individual and institutional dynamics of unequal power relations between American Indians and European-Americans in contemporary society and how those dynamics shape literary texts.
  5. Describe and discuss the experience and contributions of various American Indian tribes that shape American society and culture.
  6. Interpret literary texts to recognize the effects of the changing meanings of American Indian identities in United States history and culture.
  7. Respond critically to works in American Indian literature.

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