Spring 2018 Courses: Graduate Seminars

English 6043: Graduate Creative Writing Workshop: Non-Fiction

Instructor: David Ray Vance
Class Time: TBA
Class Location: Online

Course Description
This on-line course is designed for graduate students interested in developing their skills writing creative non-fiction. Students will have opportunity to discuss a variety of non-fiction texts assigned to offer inspiration and salient examples of writing techniques and strategies, and they will be assigned weekly writing prompts that they will use to building a final portfolio/project. This course will also include a pedagogy component, meaning we will discuss best practices for teaching creative writing. While this is NOT a manuscript workshop for students developing a creative thesis or working on chapbook or book manuscript, students are expected to develop individual pieces into a larger, coherent project. Students should have experience developing narratives (whether in fiction, nonfiction or poetry) and are expected to have previous workshop experience and a serious commitment to developing as writers. Active participation is mandatory. Be aware that online workshops require self-discipline and that students need to be (or need to quickly become) comfortable working with the requisite technology, to include Blackboard Learn, UTSA’s Learning Management System.

ENG 5773, 6073, & 7073: Sovereign Stories & Blood Memories: Native American Women Re-righting/Re-writing History, Literature & Art

Instructor: Annette Portillo
Class Time: Mondays 6:00p.m.-8:45p.m.
Class Location: TBA

Course Description
The collective voices we read and artworks examined in this interdisciplinary course will allow for a better understanding of the diverse and complex identities of Native American women, primarily through autobiographical discourses. We will critically examine how the legacies of colonization, displacement and traumatic memories of genocide are inscribed on the bodies of indigenous women whose memoirs, life stories, oral histories, blogs, social media sites and experimental multi-genre narratives become acts of survival that not only resist the silences and silencing that are part of genocidal legacies, but also recuperate indigenous-centered epistemologies. This course will also problematize Western notions of literacy as we read the works of storytellers who become agents of history. Some fundamental questions to consider throughout the course are: How is Native American identity defined and by whom? And what is indigenous sovereignty? In addition, our discussion of the boarding “school” prison system will necessitate a critical examination of how these institutions continue to affect Native American communities today. We will also examine multiple forms of cultural tourism and popular media stereotypes that continue to mis-represent Indigenous People. Our historical analysis of ethno-photographer Edward Curtis among others will be juxtaposed with contemporary Native American women photographers/performance artists such as: Shelley Niro, Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie and Jolene Rickard, whose works address the multiple constructions of indigenous identity. In addition, this course will examine Western-centered museology, that is, the ways in which museums have historically been developed for educational purposes. Students will apply these readings to their own constructive and critical analysis of the “Indian” section at the Institute of Texan Cultures.
This class fulfills the requirement for the study of multiethnic literatures of the U.S. after 1900

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