First Contact: Voices of America's Frontiers
We’ll explore written descriptions of North American first encounters in this intermediate-level literature course, including texts such as the Vinland Sagas and Cabeza de Vaca’s narrative in addition to British colonial writers such as Mary Rowlandson and William Wood. Other sources may be French, American, Russian, or even Chinese as we work to dislocate—or perhaps relocate—the concept of American exceptionalism and common origins. Concurrently, we’ll study Native American writers such as Sarah Winnemucca as well as various oral traditions. While the course will include literary methods, the primary texts and issues explored may also be of interest for students of history, anthropology, Native American studies, and American Studies.