ENG 361: Native American Writers - Contemporary Indigenous Women Writers

UO English 361

ENG 361: Native American Writers - Contemporary Indigenous Women Writers
Professor Kirby Brown
CRN 15670
TR 10:00 - 11:20 AM
4 Credits

"Writing helped me give voice to turn around a terrible silence that was killing me. And on a larger level, if we, as Indian people, Indian women, keep silent, then we will disappear, at least at this level of reality."
—Joy Harjo (Muskogee/Creek Nation, US Poet Laureate)


As Harjo's quote reminds us, the stakes of representation for Indigenous women are high. Indeed, to write, speak, or represent oneself and one's community can be, literally, matters of life and death. This course explores the multiple ways contemporary Indigenous women writers take up literary form as sites of subversion, resistance, refusal, recovery, and resurgence. We'll necessarily situate our work where genre, representation, and literary/cultural form intersect questions of gender, sexuality, race, class, settler colonialism, sovereignty, and self-determination.