The recent publication of Honorée Fanonne Jeffers' novel The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois raises awareness for the existence of a mixed-ethnic literature hitherto hidden from sight because of colonial and cultural ethnic classifications. Afro-Indigenous literature reflects on the shared fates of people of African and Native American descent under the conditions of slavery and territorial dispossession – people who became subject to complex forms of transculturation. This class will provide some necessary historical background, take a look at the shared but separate interactions between African American and Native American resistance movements in the twentieth century, and then focus on three novels by Afro-Indigenous writers that combine revisionary perspectives on history with experimental forms of writing.
Students are required to purchase a Reader (Copy&Paste), as well as the following texts:
- Sharon Ewell Foster, Abraham's Well. 3 Sisters, 2016. ISBN 0692787275
- Alice Walker, The Temple of My Familiar. W&N, 2004. ISBN 0753819481
- Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, The Love Songs of W.E.B. DuBois. Fourth Estate, 2021. ISBN 0008516499.