Seminar: PS Indigenous Speculative and Climate Fiction - Details
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General information

Course name Seminar: PS Indigenous Speculative and Climate Fiction
Course number 022 200 0121
Semester WS 2022/23
Current number of participants 19
maximum number of participants 20
Entries on waiting list 2
Home institute Amerikanistik
Courses type Seminar in category Teaching
First date Monday, 17.10.2022 10:00 - 11:30, Room: (Digital)
Online/Digitale Veranstaltung Veranstaltung wird online/digital abgehalten.
Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch
ECTS points 6

Rooms and times

Monday: 10:00 - 11:30, weekly (15x)


Despite Indigenous peoples being disproportionately affected by climate catastrophes, Indigenous voices and critical perspectives on the Anthropocene are sidelined in debates about the climate crisis and a more sustainable future. Indigenous literatures ask us to engage with Indigenous knowledges and practices of relating differently to the land and human and non-human agents. In the proseminar “Indigenous climate fiction and speculative fiction”, we will read two novels, The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline (Métis) and Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice (Anishinaabe) as well as a selection of Indigenous-authored short stories. Our primary readings will be accompanied by theories of Indigenous speculative fiction and climate fiction as well as Indigenous literatures and storytelling more broadly. This includes narrative techniques of nonlinear temporality, the Native Apocalypse and elements of oral storytelling that are included in the written form. We will situate our readings in both a historical and current political context of Turtle Island (Canada and the United States). Themes we will look at include settler colonialism and violence, e.g., residential schools and MMIWG2S (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit People), the revitalization of Indigenous languages, and references to traditional stories.
All readings in this class – except for the two novels - will be made available on Digicampus at the beginning of the term. Please purchase either a physical copy or an e-book version of both The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline and Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice.

Admission settings

The course is part of admission "ALW/ELW/NELK: Aufbaumodul BA/LA: PS".
Studierende der Anglistik/Amerikanistik und des Faches Englisch können sich bereits während der vorgezogenen Anmeldephase zur Sicherstellung des Studienfortschritts für die Aufbau- und Vertiefungsmodule anmelden. Hierzu wird ein gewisses Kontingent der Kursplätze im Zeitraum vom 22.08.2022 bis 31.08.2022 für die Anmeldung geöffnet.
Bitte beachten Sie, dass in dieser Anmeldephase Studierende in höheren Fachsemestern bei der Verteilung der Plätze priorisiert werden. Die allgemeine Anmeldephase beginnt am 05.09.2022 und endet am 10.10.2022.
The following rules apply for the admission:
  • The enrolment is possible from 05.09.2022, 08:00 to 10.10.2022, 12:00.
  • A defined number of seats will be assigned to these courses.
    The seats in the affected courses have been assigned at 10.10.2022 on 12:05. Additional seats may be available via a wait list.
  • Enrolment is allowed for up to 1 courses of the admission set.
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