ENGL 455 1G - Major Authors - Louise Erdrich
Intensive study of the work of one or two major authors. Course Information: 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated with permission of English advising office to a maximum of 6 undergraduate hours if topics vary. May be repeated for graduate credit if topics vary. Prerequisite: One year of college literature or consent of instructor.
This class will focus on reading novels, poetry, and essays by Louise Erdrich, perhaps the most well-known American Indian author in the United States. Often compared to William Faulkner, Louise Erdrich writes stories and novels about Turtle Mountain Ojibwe and the upper Midwest. We will begin the semester with Love Medicine and we will read a number of her works in conversation with other Indigenous writers and artists in and around Minneapolis, including Andrea Carlson, Heid Erdrich, Mona Susan Power, and Carter Meland. The readings and class discussions will focus on the intersections her work raises within and beyond Indigenous feminisms, relationalities, and futurisms as we build critical frameworks through which to consider the importance of history, sovereignty, kinship, storytelling, and representation to Indigenous resistance and resurgence.
Option 1Number of Required Visit(s): 0
Course Level: Graduate