Courses: Sidekicks in the Canon (ENGLB330001)

Spring 2014

Class Number: 1687
How have written Indians — the Tontos, Fridays, Pocahontases and Queequegs of the American canon — been adopted, mimicked, performed and undermined by Native American authors? This course will examine how canonical and counter-canonical texts invent and reinvent the place of the Indian across the continuing literary “discovery” of America from 1620 to the present. Readings include The Last of the Mohicans, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, Moby Dick and Robinson Crusoe. Critical texts, research presentations, written assignments and intensive seminar discussion will address questions of cultural sovereignty, mimesis, literacy versus orality, literary hybridity, intertextuality and citation.
Div: III; Haverford: Humanities (HU)
Enrollment Limit: 18;

Fulfills: Class Nbr: 1687 Div: III; HU


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MW 10:00am-11:30am