The objective of this course is to examine a sample of the speculative work produced by various contemporary Native American creators under the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Each of these units will begin with an introduction, consisting of a short story or excerpt from a text, a short film, and a piece of theory under the designated genre. From there, we will move on to one to two novels under the designated genre before ending with a film viewed in class. Each piece of theory will situate us in the field of Native American Speculative Studies as it currently exists, allowing us to better examine the form and invention present in each of these works and/or to push back against potentially harmful, essentializing assessments, especially by non-Native scholars. Another important element of our examination will be how these Native American works correspond with the genres outlined in speculative theory, as well as how Native Americans and their stories have been rendered in speculative works by non-Native Americans, especially to communal detriment. The Native American creators with whom we will be engaging include David A. Robertson (Swampy Cree), Darcie Little Badger (Lipan Apache), Helen Haig-Brown (Tsilhqot’in), and Stephen Graham Jones (Blackfoot); and the works with which we will be engaging include The Rocket Boy (short film), Elatsoe (novel), and Blood Quantum (film). As we move from science fiction to fantasy to horror through textual and visual mediums, exploring the imaginations of creators so little featured in the mainstream body of speculative work, it is my hope that we will all emerge more knowledge of and with a greater appreciation for Native American speculative work.
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