Seminar: HS Environmental Displacement, Citizenship and Conflict in Indigenous Literatures - Details
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Subtitle Prof. Sarkowsky gemeinsam mit PD Dr. Müller
Course number 022 100 0120
Semester SS 2022
Current number of participants 15
maximum number of participants 20
Home institute Amerikanistik
Courses type Seminar in category Teaching
Next date Tue , 05.07.2022 15:45 - 17:15, Room: (D, 2127)
Online/Digitale Veranstaltung Veranstaltung wird in Präsenz abgehalten.
Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch
Literaturhinweise Please get a print copy of Marie Clements’ play Burning Vision (2003) and Linda Hogan's novel Solar Storms

For introductory reading, we recommend Sean Teuton's Native American Literature: A Very Short Introduction (OUP 2018)
ECTS points 8

Course location / Course dates

(D, 2127) Tuesday: 15:45 - 17:15, weekly (13x)

Module assignments


Indigenous activism as well as Indigenous literature highlight important
connections between environmental issues, questions of sovereignty, and
colonial histories in North America. “Pollution is not a manifestation
or side effect of colonialism,” writes geographer Max Liboiron (Red
River Metis/Michif), “but is rather an enactment of ongoing colonial
relations to Land” (2021, 6). Thus understood, extraction and pollution
need to be seen in connection to other process of colonial domination
and displacement in North America; such connections touch upon different
conceptions of citizenship, belonging, and kinship and provide a
framework for thinking about the ethical, political, cultural, and
economic conflicts where they play out.

In this class, we will look at how Indigenous writers address these
complex intertwinements. We will discuss literary examples from the
1990s to the present, ranging from poetry, for instances by Natalie Diaz
(Akimel O'odham), Craig Santos Perez (Chamoru), or Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner
(Marshall Islander), and short prose, e.g., by Richard Van Camp (Dog
Rib) or Gerald Vizenor (Anishinaabe). In addition, we will look at Marie
Clements’ (Metis) play Burning Vision (2003) and the novel Solar Storms
(1997) by Linda Hogan (Chickasaw).

Shorter texts will be provided on Digicampus. Please get a print copy of
Clements’ play and Hogan’s novel.

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The course is part of admission "Beschränkte Teilnehmendenanzahl: HS Environmental Displacement, Citizenship and Conflict in Indigenous Literatures".
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