HUM 240 : Native American Literature and Culture

Transcript title

Native American Lit/Culture



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Standard letter grades

Contact hours total


Lecture hours


Recommended preparation

WR 121.


Introduction to traditional oral and contemporary Native American texts with an emphasis on cultural contexts and continuity.

Learning outcomes

1. Knowledge about a culture different from one’s own:
a. Explain the broad features of Native American history (from pre-contact to the present) and situate individual texts within that history.
b. Apply specific and defensible criteria, appropriate to the cultural and historical context, to analyze, interpret, and evaluate Native American texts.
c. Analyze the effects of education, gender roles, printing and publication practices, the reservation system and cultural identity on the development and reputation of these authors.
2. Analysis of a written text:
a. Analyze the role of orality and storytelling in this literature, including the use of oral story telling devices in contemporary texts.
b. Demonstrate an understanding of specific themes in Native American literature such as interrelationship between the land and the people; the value of community and tradition; the trickster figure; the “mixed-blood” figure in 20th century literature; the homing plot; and media representations of Native Americans.
c. Use formal and informal writing to develop and express interpretations and analyses, distinguishing between personal and critical responses.
d. Use evidence from the texts and bring multiple viewpoints and perspectives to bear in developing one’s interpretations, evaluations, and comparative analyses of these literary works.
e. Explain the relationships within these selections, among audience, purpose, organization, form, voice, diction, style, and use of literary conventions.
f. Explain how the literary treatment of an event, issue or idea differs from the approach of another academic discipline.
3. Comparative analysis of cultures:
a. Examine the effects of individual and culturally-determined factors (such as race, gender, class, ethnicity, region, religion, biases of information sources, prior cross-cultural experiences) in one’s own and others’ responses to Native American literature and culture.
b. Identify and explain significant differences and similarities among Native American works and cultures and our own, or other nonwestern and multicultural American cultures with which you may be familiar.

General education/Related instruction lists

  • Discipline Studies/Arts and Letters
  • Discipline Studies/Cultural Literacy

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