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Context North America: Contemporary North America

Indigenous Literatures

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This course examines contemporary Indigenous literatures written in English in what we today refer to as Canada and the United States. We will study the themes, aesthetics, and politics of novels, creative nonfiction, poetry, and plays while acknowledging the territorial, national, and cultural differences that have shaped the texts. Topics will include connection to the land, the importance of community, urban Indigeneity, gender and sexuality, residential schools, the Sixties and Millennial Scoops, and resurgence and decolonization. We will focus on texts written in the twentieth century in the fall and on those written in the twenty-first century in the winter. In other words, our approach will be both chronological and thematic. Class visits by Indigenous scholars and local community members will open doors to meaningful engagement with the course materials.


  • ENGL 200
  • ENGL 290 
  • Registration in an English major or joint honours plan


  • Level 3 or above
  • Registration in an Indigenous Studies plan

Department of English, Queen's University

Watson Hall
49 Bader Lane
Kingston ON K7L 3N6

Telephone (613) 533-2153



Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.