Professor Robert Dale Parker, University of Illinois
We will study more or less recently uncovered early American Indian literature, the research styles, questions, and strategies that propel its uncovering, and prospects for future research. We will ask such questions as: What happens when we read the emerging new American Indian literary history? What do we make of what it uncovers? What does it change or not change? What might we want it to change or not change? As we study American Indian literary history and invent new ways to study it, how can historical and literary scholarship speak to and from American Indian studies, history, and literary criticism? How does history matter to literary history and criticism, and how do literary history and criticism matter to history? How does literary history matter for American Indian studies beyond history and literary studies? What do historians and literary critics typically misunderstand, overlook, or underestimate about each other’s questions, assumptions, research methods, and knowledges? What are the boundaries of research in American Indian literary history literarily, historically, epistemologically, and ethically? How does research in literary history vary regionally and nationally? In practical terms, how do we determine what we wish to recover? Where and how do we look? What technologies do we use? Workshop reading list is available in the NCAIS Zotero Library or view the workshop syllabus.
Each NCAIS institution is entitled to one slot in the three-day workshop. Students may participate in the workshop as part of an introduction to critical methodologies in American Indian Studies. Students should apply directly to their NCAIS Faculty Liaison. The selection process of each member institution’s participant is according to the individual program needs and existing protocols of the member institution. Participants will be reimbursed up to $500 for travel and housing will be provided.