Ethnography and Native American Literature: Performativity and the Archive|
ENGL 267, ANTH 257|
In this course, we will explore the relationship between writing and Native Americans. To do this, we will follow two different trajectories to chart the points where they converge and diverge. In the first, we will track the development of ethnography as a practical discipline and sub-field of anthropology; in the second, we will explore the formation of Native American literature as a field of study, as well as the critical discourses subtending it. Beginning from the commonsensical distinction between scientific writing about Native Americans and literary writing by Native Americans, we will move to a more robust sense of "writing" that will trouble this clear cut distinction, notions of authorship, and definitions of Native American identity, particularly in regard to "oral literature" on which both threads depend. The weaving of these threads will bring us into contact with theories of race and gender, questions of alternate temporalities and/or histories, formations of indigeneity and postcoloniality, and a number of different textual strategies including performativity and its relationship to the archive and memory.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Articles, chapters and short stories will be made available on Moodle.
Select novels will be made available at Broad Street Books.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
3 short papers, a presentation, and a journal
|Instructor(s): Minch,Mark Allen Times: ..T.R.. 01:10PM-02:30PM; Location: FISK413; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 25||SR major: 7||JR major: 7|| || |
|Seats Available: 4||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 0||SO: 7||FR: 4|
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