English (ENGL) 308

Native Literature in Canada (Revision 2)

ENGL 308 Course website

Temporarily closed, effective September 12, 2017.

Delivery Mode: Individualized study or grouped study

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Humanities

Prerequisite: ENGL 211 and ENGL 212 or equivalent first year English course(s).

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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ENGL 308 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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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.

Activity Weighting
Diagnostic Assignment 10%
Essay Assignment 1 25%
Essay Assignment 2 25%
Final Exam 40%
Total 100%

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 who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


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.

Other Materials

The course materials also include a study guide, student manual and a book of readings.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

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.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the ENGL 308 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least 50 per cent on the examination, and a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) overall.

Activity Weighting
Research Essay 50%
Exam 50%
Total 100%

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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