Fall, 2009 Dr. Susan Brill de Ramˇrez
ENG 330.01 Bradley Hall 393; 677-3888
TT 1:30-2:45 p.m. firstname.lastname@example.org
English Dept. 677-2490 Office hours: TT 11:00-11:45 a.m.,
and by appt.
NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURES:
Simon J. Ortiz and Leslie Marmon Silko
What is the relationship between human persons and stories? What is the relationship between oral storytelling and written literature? Why do we read literatures and tell and listen to stories? This semester, we will be looking at our relationships to stories (oral, written, lived) through the lens of contemporary Native American literatures.
In our investigations into Native American literatures, we will explore issues of great relevance to the problems, struggles, and achievements of peoples around the world. We cannot begin to understand Native American literatures without addressing the painful histories of colonization, European and Euro-American empire building, racism, and Manifest Destiny, along with the attendant themes of survivance, endurance, indigenous sovereignty, and the re-indigenization of North America.
The assigned readings address many of the issues crucial to Native peoples today: education, health care, alcoholism, diabetes, economic self-sufficiency, tribal sovereignty, tribal history, representations of American Indians in the media, Indian mascots and athletic team names, and NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act).
Texts for the class:
Brill de Ramírez, Susan Berry, and Evelina
Zuni Lucero, eds.
Simon J. Ortiz: A Poetic Legacy of
Ortiz, Simon J. After and Before the Lightning.
from Sand Creek.
Silko, Leslie Marmon. Ceremony.
---. Gardens in the Dunes.
Course Requirements and Grading:
Midterm exam (Sept 29) 30%
Term paper (Dec 8) 40%
Final exam (Dec 14) 30%
[This portion of your grade is extra credit. It is an all or nothing opportunity that can be earned through high level and consistent class preparation and participation. Those students who (1) attend all of the class sessions (one absence permitted), (2) demonstrate to the professor during each class period that they are wholly prepared for class, and (3) participate actively in the class learning session with a positive attitude that contributes to the learning community of the whole class will receive 5% extra credit.]
Term Schedule of
Aug 27 Introduction to course
Sept 1 Storyteller (1-110, 269-271)
Sept 3 Storyteller (111-177, 271-272)
Sept 8 Storyteller (177-268, 272-274)
Sept 10 Surviving Columbus, part I; Woven Stone (22-30); Ortiz: Legacy (2-25)
Sept 15 Woven Stone (149-232); Ortiz: Legacy (213-219, 323-338)
Sept 17 Woven Stone (233-283); Ortiz: Legacy (367-388)
Sept 22 Review of Storyteller, A Good Journey and Surviving Columbus, part I; Ortiz: Legacy (147-155, 173-176); receive midterm exam study guide
Sept 24 Surviving Columbus, part II; Woven Stone (30-33); Ortiz: Legacy (125-146)
Sept 29 Ceremony (xi-xxiii, 1-92); Midterm take-home exams due
Oct 1 Ceremony (92-142)
Oct 6 Ceremony (142-244)
Oct 8 from Sand Creek; Ortiz: Legacy (226-228, 232-245)
Oct 13 Fall Recess
Oct 15 Woven Stone (30-33, 285-365); Ortiz: Legacy (86-94, 190-192; 213-215, 228-230, 287-313, 361-366)
Oct 20 Review of Ceremony, from Sand Creek, and Fight Back
Oct 22 Woven Stone (3-22, 37-60); Ortiz: Legacy (75-85, 95-105, 177-182, 219-222)
Oct 27 Woven Stone (61-118); Ortiz: Legacy (25-52, 156-167, 222-226)
Oct 29 Woven Stone (119-147); Ortiz: Legacy (170-171, 205-212)
Nov 3 Ortiz: Legacy (106-124); Review of Going for the Rain and all of Woven Stone
Nov 5 Gardens in the Dunes, Part 1
Nov 10 Gardens in the Dunes, Parts 2 - 4
Nov 12 Gardens in the Dunes, Parts 5 & 6
Nov 17 Gardens in the Dunes, Parts 7 - 9
Nov 19 Gardens in the Dunes, Part 10
Nov 26 Thanksgiving Recess
Dec 1 After and Before the Lightning
Dec 3 Review of Gardens in the Dunes and After and Before the Lightning
Dec 8 semester review, final exam preparation; term papers due
Final Exam Period Monday, 14 Dec. 2009 2:30-4:30 p.m. BR 259