Contemporary Native American Literature
ANS 340/ENGL 340

Professor James Ruppert
Gruening 846 / Brooks 319
Phone: 6605
Email: ffjkr@uaf.edu



This course is a survey of contemporary Native American Literature. It will focus on the variety of approaches and voices from the last twenty years. Modernist and postmodernist perspectives will be differentiated while the commitment to oral tradition and continuity is established. While no window on culture, Native American Literature merges the traditions of various communities with the artistic demands of storytelling. All genres will be included.

Texts: Nothing but the Truth: An Anthology of Native American Literature, Purdy & Ruppert eds.
The Heartsong of Charging Elk, James Welch
Grand Avenue, Greg Sarris

Requirements: 2 short papers, one research paper and a final examination. One of the short papers must be on poetry and one on short fiction. Each student will be expected to introduce a writer to the class.

Sources for biographical information:
First, check the materials that I have placed on reserve. Then check Contemporary Literary Criticism, Twentieth-century Criticism, Something about the Writer, Native American Writers of the United States (Dictionary of Literary Biography), Dictionary of American Indian Literature, The Native North American Almanac, Notable Native Americans, and Native American Women: A Biographical Dictionary, http://www.ipl.org/div/natam/, http://www.hanksville.org/storytelle rs/index.html



Class Schedule

9/6 Orientation
9/9 1-4, 172-89, 430-441
9/11 442-62
9/13 464-473
9/16 62-82, 474-86.
9/18 500-510, 462-464
9/20 510-520
9/23 159-171, 520-535
9/25 535-553
9/27 553-556
9/30 120-26, 218-231
10/2 212-17, 250-55
10/4 240-50, 255-262
10/7 39-53, 289-304
10/9 190-211
10/11 poetry paper due
10/14 Harold of Orange
10/16 333-45, 250-55
10/18 412-429
10/21 Heartsong of Charging Elk
10/23 " " " "
10/25 " " " "
10/28 82-94, 563-577
10/30 556-563
11/1 486-500
11/4 141-158, 578-590
11/6 358-361, 367-375
11/8 362-366, 321-326
11/11 54-61, 282-289
11/13 305-312, 406- 411
11/15 fiction paper due
11/18 313-320, 375-390
11/20 391-405
11/22 23-39, 232-239
11/25 author video
12/2 Grand Avenue
12/4 " "
12/6 " "
12/9 research paper due
12/11 266-281
12/13 review
12/18 10:15 a.m. Final examination


ANS/ENGL 340 Oral Presentation List Fall 2002



N. Scott Momaday      __________________________________ _
Vine Deloria                ___________________________________
Carter Revard             ___________________________________
Peter Blue Cloud        ___________________________________
Joseph Bruchac          _________________________ _ _________
Wendy Rose                ___________________________________
Charles Eastman         ______________________________ __ ___
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn ___________________________________
Paula Gunn Allen       ___________________________________
James Welch               ___________________________________
Thomas King              ___________________________________
Leslie Silko                 ___________________________________
Louise Erdrich            ___________________________________
Sherman Alexie          ___________________________________
Maurice Kenny           ___________________________________
Simon Ortiz               ___________________________________
Linda Hogan               ___________________________________
Roberta Hill               ___________________________________
Ray Young Bear         ___________________________________
Joy Harjo                    ___________________________________
Luci Tapahonso          ___________________________________
Beth Brandt               ___________________________________
Gerald Vizenor          ___________________________________
Greg Sarris                 ___________________________________
Diane Glancy              ___________________________________
Pauline Johnson          ___________________________________
D'Arcy McNickle       ___________________________________
Louis Owens               ___________________________________
Mary TallMountain    ___________________________________
Anna Lee Walters       ___________________________________
Zitkala-Sa                   ___________________________________
Nora Dauenhauer       ___________________________________