C. The Creation of Native American Literatures in Cities

Winter Quarter, 2023

Thursdays, 9:30-11:00 a.m. Norris University Center

C. The Creation of Native American Literatures in Cities

Kelly Wisecup, Associate Professor, English; Interim Director, Kaplan Institute for the Humanities; Affiliate, Center for Native American and Indigenous Research

This course is an introduction to Native American literature created in and about cities. While many popular and scholarly narratives about Native American literatures define it in contrast to cities, seeing reservations or the “wilderness” as the setting for stories about Native peoples, there is a long history of Indigenous writers who engage, live in, describe, and critique cities. In addition, there is a recent wave of interest in Native American fiction about cities, spurred on by the success and popularity of the 2018 novel There There, by Cheyenne and Arapaho writer Tommy Orange. This course will examine the creation of Native American literatures in cities, asking how Native writers described their relationship to cities, the feeling of being urban, the institutions like boarding schools that brought them to cities, and the intertribal communities they made in cities. We will discuss novels, poems, autobiographies, protest literature, newspapers, and short stories created by Indigenous writers from North America between the nineteenth century and the present, with attention as well to pre-colonial Indigenous cities.

NOTE:          Alumnae Continuing Education Parking and Busing for Winter 2023 has been cancelled due to a low level of interest in the busing option. 

Busing will NOT be offered Winter 2023 quarter. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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