CMLT285 - American Indians in Literature and Film: Perspectives North and South

This course serves as an introduction to the indigenous peoples of the Americas: North America, Central America, and South America. Cross-disciplinary readings and viewings encourage student reaction to and analysis of selected themes: the struggle for land, the ecological use of the land in sustaining indigenous cultures, scenarios of poverty and racism, stereotypes as opposed to "authenticity," spirituality, and the politics of identity. Much of the early colonial period is seen from the perspective of the European invasion. In contrast, contemporary literature and film is created by American Indians who are constructing their own versions of indigenous reality. Course Goals and Assessment: to perfect writing and analysis of visual and written artifacts; to appreciate the expression of American Indian culture in the colonial and contemporary period; to compare the ecological niches in north, south, and central America; to attain a knowledge base to critically evaluate political and judicial oversight of American Indian communities. There will be a mid-term and a final, as well as three papers (2 pages, 5 pages, and 6 pages). Daily reading quizzes (unannounced) and occasional "Deep Thought" quizzes (for the most part announced) are written in class.

Credit only granted for: CMLT285, CMLT298N, and LASC248N. Formerly: CMLT298N. Also offered as LASC248N.