Indigenous Literature and Film
0.5 Credit

Recent trends in literature, history, ethnography, and anthropology have begun to provide forums for Indigenous peoples to share their rich historical and cultural knowledge, providing us with a deeper understanding of the oral traditions and literatures of North America. Indigenous creative writers, artists, and filmmakers have produced a large body of work that, as a whole, has become a product of decolonization. This course examines the diverse traditions of contemporary Indigenous writers and filmmakers in North America, specifically through the lens of gender and genre. It explores the many and varied interpretations of Indigenous writings, oral traditions, and filmmaking through the critical analysis of historical experiences, definitions of cultures, self-determination, and the meaning and implication of "Indian" identities and their representations.  

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