HS Native American Studies



Zeit/Ort n.V.:

  • Do 14:15-15:45, Raum C 301

Voraussetzungen / Organisatorisches

Zugehörigkeit zu den Modulen:

• BA English and American Studies (neu): Hauptmodul A. (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Zwischenmodul II)

• Lehramt Englisch an Gymnasien (neu): Hauptmodul L-GYM Literature (Zulassungsvoraussetzung: Zwischenmodul Literature)

• MA North American Studies: Culture and Literature (4) Aufbaumodul Cultural Studies (7) Vertiefungsmodul Cultural Studies

• MA The Americas / Las Américas: Modul 3b,4
MA English Studies: "Freie Ergänzungsstudien/Wild Card": Wie Aufbaumodul, mit begleitendem Kurs

Für die BA-Studierenden ist an diesen Kurs eine Independent Study Group angeschlossen.

Zusätzliche Informationen

Verwendung in folgenden UnivIS-Modulen:

Amerikanistik, Modul B (M 4)

Aufbaumodul Cultural Studies (Master Modul 4)

North America: Culture and Literature (AM4)

North American Studies (AM3b)

1. Sitzung/ First meeting: Donnerstag, 02.05.2019


According to Gerald Vizenor, a prominent Native American author and scholar, Native Americans are "fugitives" in literature, history, and popular culture in the sense that cultural representation has obscured their presence in American culture and replaced them by various forms of the "invented Indian." In this class we will deal with the Native American critique of that (neo-)colonial regime of representation and the power dynamics involved in the misrepresentation, the expropriation and the discrimination of Native Americans on the one hand, and Native American self-representation, resistance and sovereignty on the other. Against this background the seminar will analyze various contemporary literary texts (see below) and films (|Smoke Signals|, |Grand Avenue|, |House Made of Dawn|) written and produced by Native Americans. The discussion will be organized around theoretical approaches to representation and resistance, (cultural) sovereignty, and the negotiation of cultural boundaries. Please do not expect to get a glimpse of the "real, authentic American Indian" by studying Native American texts and films. Participants are expected to read a lot, to contribute to a group project, and to give a short presentation in class. Shorter texts will be made available online.

Empfohlene Literatur

Please purchase and read: Thomas King, |The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America| (2013) Leslie Marmon Silko, |Ceremony| (1975) Sherman Alexie, |Flight| (2007) Louise Erdrich, |The Round House| (2012) Shorter texts will be made available online.