E433 – Literatures of the American West

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Semesters Offered:
Fall Spring Summer

Prerequisite: One course in Literature or HIST 351 or HIST 352 or HIST 353.

Description: Relationships between places, environments, cultures, and literature in the American West.

What does it mean to be a “Westerner”? How do particular western landscapes/environments/ecologies, the lives of individual people embedded in networks of family and culture, and literary texts all shape each other? We’ll explore questions like these across several genres, in work (not yet determined) by contemporary authors like Rudolfo Anaya, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Ana Castillo, James Galvin, Simon Ortiz, Laura Pritchett, Marilynne Robinson, Leslie Silko, RebEa Solnit, Mark Spragg, Luci Tapahonso, Karen Tei Yamashita, and Ofelia Zepeda. There will be weekly writing and creative assignments.

This course fulfills Category 2 for all majors.