Courses » ENGL 418: Topics in Indigenous Literatures


This class provides an intensive study of contemporary Indigenous literatures that represent and reimagine ideas about Indigeneity within and outside settler-colonial structures, particularly within a Canadian context. Students will encounter texts in multiple genres that speak to resilience, community, hope, and pleasure, as well as to trauma, exploitation, erasure, and racism. Students will also engage with current scholarly discourse on Indigenous literatures and cultural expressions, and the response of Indigenous writers to legal, historical, and ethical dimensions of settler colonialism. A central goal of this class will be to read texts with an awareness of our own context of learning; thus, we will consider the critical and pedagogical implications of studying Indigenous literature within a Catholic educational setting on the unceded, ancestral territory of the Musqueam people.