This course will explore literary and cultural engagements with questions of nationhood, sovereignty, story, and place across a variety of genres and forms, from oral traditions, dramas, and critical essays, to visual art, op-editorials, new media productions, and texts that defy generic convention. To give the course focus, we’ll narrow our attention to two specific geographic and historical contexts: 1) Standing Rock, NoDAPL, and Indigenous Sovereignty; and 2) Salmon Restoration, Cultural Revitalization, and Resource Allocation along the Klamath River.
Literature, 1789 to the present courses focus on literary work produced over more than two centuries -- from the period of British romanticism and the early republic of the United States up to now -- in order to foster familiarity with key works in British and American literary history. Literary history illustrates how literary works reflect, address, and resist the social and political environments in which they are produced as well as other works that have preceded them.
English Minor courses offer students centuries of cultural experience and representation in poetry, prose, drama, film, TV, new media, and folk artifacts. The English minor can focus and extend the values of a liberal arts education, while also providing extensive training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking.