Pioneers Park Bridge

Fall 2011 Courses

English 211 - Literature of Place
Section 001, course #12176, 1230-0120p, MWF, Lynch, Tom.

This class will introduce students to some of the themes that characterize the diverse literatures written by residents of regions typically referred to as prairies and plains. Most readings will be from North America, but several works will cover comparable areas of Australia. The relationship between people and the land will be foregrounded. We will ponder the role of literature in creating an imaginative relationship between us human beings and our bioregional habitats and will pay special attention to the role of literature in our evolution of an ecologically sustainable relationship to place. This class will introduce students to some of the themes that characterize the diverse literatures written by residents of regions typically referred to as prairies and plains. Most readings will be from North America, but several works will cover comparable areas of Australia. The relationship between people and the land will be foregrounded. We will ponder the role of literature in creating an imaginative relationship between us human beings and our bioregional habitats and will pay special attention to the role of literature in our evolution of an ecologically sustainable relationship to place.

English 245B - Native American Literature
Section 001, course #3470, 0930-1020a, MWF, Kaye, Fran.

The purpose of this class is to introduce students to a number of different kinds of writing by American
Indian and Canadian First Nations writers. While we will be concentrating on contemporary literature in English,
we will also look at traditional and sacred narratives and at contemporary film. We will also try to develop a
consciousness of contemporary issues affecting Native communities in North America.

English 4/845E - Native American Literature - "Ideas & Visions"
Section 001, course #12090/12193, 1230-0145p, TR, Gannon, Tom.

The subtitle for this class, "Ideas & Visions," issues from Vine Deloria, Jr.'s intriguing assertion that the "white man . . . has ideas; Indians have visions." The value of these visions, in Native poetry and fiction, has often been lauded. And yet "Indians" have "ideas," too, often expressed in expository prose of great eloquence and wisdom: this class, then, is an avenue into the cultural criticism of this "visionary" ethnicity, a body of philosophical thought that examines Native identity, Native spirituality, the Native relationship with "Nature," and the role of the—potentially postmodern—Trickster in all such debates.

English 992B - Place Conscious Teaching -- "Place Conscious Teaching"
Section 700, course #29632, Arranged Time, Brooke, Robert.

This course explores the development of place-conscious teaching units for kindergarten-through-college classrooms, especially writing classrooms. We'll do three kinds of work: 1) we'll read some place-conscious educational theory for grounding classrooms in their natural and cultural locations; 2) we'll do some place- conscious writing to represent our own places and our lived experience within them; and 3) we'll develop place- conscious units of study for our own classrooms.