Spring 2015

A History of the Native Book

Listed in: American Studies, as AMST-322


Kiara M. Vigil (Section 01)


This course examines the exciting intersection of critical fields of inquiry, including Native American History, American History, Book History, and Literary Studies. Students will immerse themselves in materials written by Native American authors from the seventeenth century to the present by doing archival research in the Kim-Wait/Pablo Eisenberg Collection at the College. Working in small groups and individually, students will be able to practice and hone research and writing skills. In particular, students will be expected to complete a semester-long research project based on books from the collection to produce new understandings about the significance of Native authorship, publishing, and writing practices as framed by their specific historical circumstances. In addition to producing a final research paper, students will work in research groups to create entries to curate their own digital exhibition as a class. This exhibition will also be accessible to the public to showcase what the class learned about Native book history. Students will spend an additional half hour each week in a required weekly meeting in the archives.

Limited to 20 students.  Spring semester.  Professor Vigil.

If Overenrolled: Preference given to American Studies majors, followed by students in Black Studies, English, History, and the Five Colleges certificate programs in Native American Indigenous Studies.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2015