English and Film Studies

ENGL 308 B1: Aboriginal/Indigenous Literature: Intellectual Traditions

D. Woodman

This course section will explore contemporary aboriginal/indigenous texts within the context of indigenous methodologies and paradigms and with an awareness of colonial discourses and practices. Thus, readings from Margaret Kovach’s Indigenous Methodologies: Characteristics, Conversations, and Contexts and Shawn Wilson’s Research is Ceremony will begin our engagement with indigenous intellectual worldviews and paradigms and guide class participants as we enter into conversation with diverse voices speaking to important aboriginal/indigenous issues.  We will explore a wide range of literatures and genres that will include text-based novels, graphic novels, poetry, and science fiction.

Optional Community Service Learning opportunities will be available to interested students.

Course Objectives:

To become familiar with and deepen one’s knowledge aboriginal/indigenous research methodologies appropriate to the study of diverse literatures

To enter into conversation with current publications by aboriginal/indigenous writers and thinkers

To work with these texts in relationship with other participants through group work and presentations, sharing knowledge through class discussions, group presentations, and student's research presentations.

To think through what it means to study aboriginal indigenous literatures and ideas in the context of a settler university and the ongoing colonial culture in Canada

To combine intellectual, experiential, and relational learning

 

Tentative Reading List:

E. Richard Alteo, Tsawalk: A Nuu-chah-nulth Worldview (2004); excerpts

Billy-Ray Belcourt, This Wound is a World (2017)

Phillip R. Coutu and Lorraine Hoffman-Mercredi. Inkonze: The Stones of Traditional Knowledge (1999); excerpts

Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada:

Volume One: Summary: Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future. Truth and

Reconciliation Commission of Canada ( 2015); excerpts

Grace L. Dillon ed. Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction (2012); excerpts

Cherie Dimaline, The Marrow Thieves (2017)

Margaret Kovach, Indigenous Methodologies: Characteristics, Conversations, and Contexts (2009); excerpts

David Alexander Robertson, 7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga (2012)

Eden Robinson, Monkey Beach (2000)