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Contemporary Canadian Indigenous Representations

Cultural Studies


GENG-7740-001 Topics in Local, National, and Global Cultures: Contemporary Canadian Indigenous Representation
Professor P. DePasquale
Winter 2018

This course examines several contemporary Canadian Indigenous literary and non-literary texts in order to understand the diverse ways that artists, activists, community members, and others imagine and represent, for example, young people, family, community, the environment, health, and "the future" in their works. Our focus on such images across a range of discourses and media calls attention to issues and debates of importance in Canada today, in areas such as human rights, genocide, sovereignty, nationhood, identity, and reconciliation. We read contemporary Indigenous images alongside both Indigenous and Western theories of representation, using the primary texts to test, supplement, and sometimes contradict the theory. Sites of critical enquiry include the Indigenous Perspectives gallery at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. No previous knowledge of Indigenous literatures or cultures is expected.