Fall 2015

Native American Literature:  Decolonizing Intellectual Traditions

Listed in: American Studies, as AMST-274  |  English, as ENGL-274


Lisa Brooks (Section 01)


(Offered as ENGL 274 and  AMST 274.)  In 2013, Amherst College acquired one of the most comprehensive collections of Native American writing in the world–nearly 1,500 books ranging from contemporary fiction and poetry to sermons, political tracts, and tribal histories from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Through this course, we will actively engage the literature of this collection, researching Native American intellectual traditions, regional contexts, political debates, creative adaptation, and movements toward decolonization. Students will have the opportunity to make an original contribution to a digital archive and interact with visiting authors. We will begin with oral traditions and the 1772 sermon published by Mohegan author Samson Occom and end with a novel published in 2014.

Limited to 20 students.  Fall semester.  Professor Brooks.

If Overenrolled: Preference given to English and American Studies majors and Five College Native American Studies certificate students.


Attention to Research, Attention to Writing


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2018