Decolonial Love and Indigenous Literature

AIS 503
Islands of Decolonial Love

Fall 2020 -- This graduate seminar will explore figurations of decolonial love in Indigenous writing. Within this body of literature, decolonial love may describe intimate bonds between people; it may involve the embracing of two-spirit or indigiqueer identify, or the claiming of kinship connections that defy the privatizations of intimacy and forms of social reproduction characterizing modern life. In the archive assembled for this seminar, decolonial love not only describes love between people but also love of place, lands, and other-than-human worlds.

Primary texts will include work by, among others, Marie Clements’ Burning Vision, annie ross’s Happy Birthday Super Cheaper and Pots and Other Living Beings, Billy-Ray Belcourt's This Wound is a World, Tenille Campbell's #Indianlovepoems, Gwen Benaway's Holy Wild, Tanya Tagaq’s Split Tooth, and Leanne Simpson’s Islands of Decolonial Love. Secondary readings will cover work by artists and scholars including Tanaya Winder, Kim Tallbear, Margaret Kovach, and Robin Wall Kimmerer.


12:00PM - 2:50PM
Instructor: Deena