Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG372H1S - L5101

ENG372H1S  L5101  M6-9
Comparing Indigenous Literature & Film
Professor Cheryl Suzack
Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 913 
Email:
cheryl.suzack@utoronto.ca

Brief Description of Course: This course explores popular representations of Indigenous peoples by comparing literary texts with their film adaptations. Focusing on both genres as different modes of representation, it explores how questions of Indigenous identity arise in literature and film by considering the literary and cinematic requirements of these representational forms. Class lectures will examine how organizing categories of race and ethnic identity contribute to our understanding of the relationship between Indigenous writing and broader literary movements, and assignments will consider how the cinematic requirements of film inform literary adaptations. Our purpose will be to understand how Indigenous representation becomes a site of intervention, contestation, and appropriation by Indigenous authors, filmmakers, and directors.

Required Reading: Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur d’Alene, United States), The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (1993); Alexis Wright (Waanji, Australia), Carpentaria (2006); James Welch (Blackfoot/Gros Ventre, United States), Winter in the Blood (1974);  Richard Van Camp (Tlicho, Dogrib First Nation, Canada), The Lesser Blessed (1996);  Greg Sarris (Coast Miwok/Pomo, United States), Grand Avenue (1994); Doris Pilkington Garimara (Mardudjara, Australia), Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence (1996). 

First Three Authors/Texts: James Welch (Blackfoot/Gros Ventre, United States), Winter in the Blood (1974);  Richard Van Camp (Tlicho, Dogrib First Nation, Canada), The Lesser Blessed (1996);  Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur d’Alene, United States), The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (1993)

Method of Instruction: Lecture and discussion.

Method of Evaluation: Participation, essays and exam. 


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