Read and discuss Native American literature that reflects many significant preoccupations of the contemporary Indigenous world: D’Arcy McNickle’s The Surrounded; Linda Hogan’s Mean Spirit; Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony; Sherman Alexie’s Tonto and the Lone Ranger Fist Fight in Heaven; and Peter Malae’s Teach the Free Man. Each week will include a lecture introducing the historical and political context of the next reading. Explore the contrast between Indigenous and “western” ways of shaping the world.
Patricia Penn Hilden is professor emerita of ethnic studies at UC Berkeley, with degrees from UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and the University of Cambridge. Her research interests include the history of Native Americans; racialized communities in the United States; the representation of racialized “others” in museums, exhibitions, and travel writing; and race, space, and gender in U.S. prisons.