Native Literature in Canada (Revision 2)
Area of Study: Humanities
ENGL 308 has a Challenge for Credit option.
ENGL 308 is a survey of Native literature, primarily in Canada, written in English. The course begins with the oral tradition, focusing on creation myths and trickster mythology, and shows how oral literature has influenced the development of contemporary Native Canadian written literature, through an examination of the works of Tomson Highway, Eden Robinson, N. Scott Momaday, and Thomas King. The course also explores indigenous perspectives on history, religion, and the process of colonization.
- Unit 1: Introduction to Native Literature
- Unit 2: Creation Myths
- Unit 3: The Trickster
- Unit 4: Historical Orations
- Unit 5: Contemporary Native Poetry
- Unit 6: Contemporary Short Fiction
- Unit 7: Contemporary Native Drama
- Unit 8: Contemporary Novel-Monkey Beach.
- Unit 9: Oral Fiction-The Way to Rainy Mountain
- Unit 10: Fusion Fiction-Green Grass, Running Water
To receive credit for ENGL 308, you must complete three written assignments and take a final examination. In order to receive credit for the course, you must achieve a minimum grade of “D” (50 percent) on the final exam and an average grade of at least 50 percent or greater on all the assignments and the examination.
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The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators that can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Highway, Tomson. The Rez Sisters. Calgary: Fifth House Publishers, 1988.
King, Thomas. Green Grass, Running Water. Toronto:
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., 1993.
Momaday, N. Scott. The Way to Rainy Mountain.
Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press, 1969.
Moses, Daniel David and Terry Goldie, eds. An Anthology of
Canadian Native Literature in English. 4th ed. New York:
Oxford University Press, 2013.
Robinson, Eden. Monkey Beach. Toronto: Random House Canada, Ltd., 2000.
Taylor, Drew Hayden. Toronto at Dreamers Rock/Education
is Our Right. Calgary: Fifth House Publishers, 1990.
The course materials also include a study guide, student manual and a book of readings.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 2, Sept 19, 2005.
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Updated May 11 2016 by Student & Academic Services