English 90rc. Re-mediating Colonialism

Instructor: Pamela Klassen
Tuesday, 12:00-2:00pm | Location: TBA
Enrollment: Limited to 15 students

This class will focus on how telling stories on paper, online, and on the land continue to make and remake North America and Turtle Island. Treaties, deeds of property, maps that survey a domain to facilitate resource extraction, sacred scriptures, missionary journalism, transcripts of Royal Commissions, and petitions from representatives of Indigenous nations are all textual modes that claim land, with greater or lesser force. Today, many digital humanities projects attempt to re-mediate these texts to forward a critical consciousness of the ongoing effects and assumptions of settler colonial stories of land (see the websites of the Yellowhead Institute at https://yellowheadinstitute.org/ or the Land Grab Universities project at https://www.landgrabu.org/ ). The readings will focus on Indigenous/settler relations in Canada and the United States, with attention to book history, the materiality of texts, and diverse forms of mediation (e.g. newspapers, statues, websites, TikTok). We will also take field trips to archives and sites in the Cambridge area that help us to see and experience the interaction of texts, land, and memory in the making of colonial nations. Assignments will include a primary source reflection, essay drafts, presentations, and a final essay or digital story.

This course satisfies the English Concentration "Diversity in Literature" requirement for students on the “Common Ground” curriculum.

This course satisfies the “1900-2000 Guided Elective" requirement for English concentrators and Secondary Field students.