Indigenous Literature in North American Contexts: "You're Not the Indian that I had in Mind" 


Course Description

Indigenous writers are producing some of the most exciting literature in North America today.  Having experienced the consequences of colonialism, they are engaged in the process of freeing their peoples from portrayals shaped by the biases of the dominant settler culture.

Because governments and institutions have actively sought to interrupt the transmission of cultural, religious, and ethnic belonging, Indigenous writers sometimes call upon their imagination to fill in the gaps in their collective history. Frequently they borrow from different oral cultures and rely upon humour to find new meanings to the traditional stories they have inherited.  Thus they are in the process of constructing an authentic narrative self, with ties to pre-literate identities – a project rooted in modernity, yet in dialogue with contemporary post-modern trends.

In this course we will be reading works by Sherman Alexie, Louise Erdrich, Thomas King, Tracey Lindberg, Leslie Marmon Silko, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Katherena Vermette, and Richard Wagamese.

Please note, that all courses have a maximum enrollment of 18 students.

Priority is given to students who pay upon registration.

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note that we do not allow participants to audit courses for free.

Course Details

First Session: Wednesday, April 3rd 2019

Course Length: 12 weeks, Wednesdays, 6:15-8:15 PM

Discussion Team: Brian McDonough, Christine Jamieson and Munirah Amra

Course Fee: 

$150.00 (tuition fee)

$100.00 (promotion for new students)


Reading and Administration Fee:



$185.00 (tuition fee)

$135.00 (promotion for new students)

NOTE: Reading Fees are included in the total price of the course.

Please note, degree students must schedule an appointment with the Admissions and Accreditation Committee to register for courses for this term. Degree students should not register online.

The course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, an administrative fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session.


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