This special offering of 158 focuses on writing by and about Native American women. Our readings will all come from the 20th century, and will include short fiction, novels, poetry, and a few essays. As we read, we will consider: How are contemporary Native writings related to patterns of oral storytelling, to ethnographic discourse, to Western literary modes? How do Native women writers use and reflect on the past and the
present? What are indigenous understandings of gender and sexuality? How is identity related to the tribe and family; to the environment and landscape; to history and culture? Writers and texts will likely include Louise Erdrich (Anishnaabe/Chippewa), Leslie Marmon Silko (Laguna Pueblo), Paula Gunn Allen (Laguna Pueblo), Janet Campbell Hale (Coeur dAlene), and Linda Hogan (Chickasaw).