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All for Fall

Happy birthday wishes go out to tiny_antares and dormannheim. May you both have a fantastic day and a brilliant year to come!

The Fall 2010 semester is here.

* This time around I'll be focusing on my Native courses:

For my usual Belmont University Liberal Studies rotation, I'll be teaching my undergraduate class on the Trail of Tears.

This course investigates the historical Trail of Tears and its popular legacy from both U.S. and Native American perspectives, considering the constitutional, political, ideological, social, and cultural issues surrounding the event. Students will consider not only what occurred in the 19th century, but also how its memory lives in 20th- and 21st-century art, film, and literature. The class also will explore relevant local sites such as the Hermitage and the Tennessee State Museum and evaluate how they relate to and communicate the story of the Trail of Tears.

I'm also going to be teaching a graduate course for Lenoir-Rhyne University's brand new Graduate Program in Liberal Studies: "Native American Identity in the U.S. Context."

This course investigates major issues and expressions of Native American identity in the U.S. past and present. Through examinations of Native American history, political thought, film, and literature, students will gain a deeper understanding of the key questions and turning points that have shaped and continue to influence Native American self-expression and activism. Students will explore Native American events and concerns such as representation, removal, and repatriation in the U.S. context.

* I have a new writing/publishing project in the works, as well. I've accepted a kind invitation from Udolpho Press to edit its forthcoming edition of the captivating Australian Gothic novel The Demon of Brockenheim; or, The Enchanted Ring, which was first serialized in The Australian Journal in 1877. The author remains anonymous. This new edition, which is slated for 2011 release, will be illustrated by fantasy artist Jef Murray.

Here's the AUSTLIT synopsis of the novel: "In the town of Mayence, Germany a dark foreigner who speaks an unknown language is to be hung for the murder of Baron Von Brockenheim. A mysterious pilgrim attempts to bribe the gaoler to see him but fails. In his search for the prisoner he sees alchemical flames in a distant tower of the castle, and knowing thus that the Baron still lives he utters the terrible summoning cry of the Secret Tribunal, warning the Baron that he has been detected and justice must bedone. For the Baron had been due to appear before an ecclesial commission to answer charges of evil and illicit activity. The foreigner, emissary from Grenada's king, is executed and the pilgrim - his father - swears he will have the blood of the Baron's daughter in revenge. He is unaware that she had tried to save his son who had given her the magic ring of Mahmound in return..."

* A combination of factors has sidelined the previously planned Tolkien-L'Engle-Rowling project for the time being. No one's at fault, and I have more than enough on my plate to compensate, so it's all good.

* Speaking of Gothic novels edited by yours truly and illustrated by Jef Murray, you can still sign up to win a free copy of The Magic Ring: The Deluxe Illustrated Edition here at Goodreads through the end of August!

"We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while."
- Montag in Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury


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Aug. 21st, 2010 05:56 pm (UTC)
For the Trail of Tears class, I'm using the following:
The Trail of Tears and Indian Removal by me
Voices from the Trail of Tears by Vicki Rozema
Pushing the Bear by Diane Glancy
Mountain Windsong: A Novel of the Trail of Tears by Robert J. Conley
and the DVD of The Trail of Tears: Cherokee Legacy by Rich-Heape Films
We'll also be looking at source material archived online.

Each student also will read and analyze one of the following:
Abraham's Well by Sharon Ewell Foster
American Exodus: A Historical Novel about Indian Removal by L.E. Triplett
Give Me the Wind: A Biographical Novel of John Ross, Chief of the Cherokees by Jan Jordan
Oblivion's Altar by David Marion Wilkinson
Pushing the Bear: After the Trail of Tears by Diane Glancy
The Singing Bird: A Cherokee Novel by John Milton Oskison
or Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier

For the Native American Identity class, I'm using the following:
Custer Died For Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto by Vine Deloria, Jr.
Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance by Leonard Peltier
Genocide Of The Mind: New Native American Writing edited by Marijo Moore
Night Sky, Morning Star by Evelina Zuni Lucero
and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

as well as various music CDs and the DVDs of Smoke Signals, Incident at Oglala, and "Wounded Knee" from We Shall Remain. I'm hoping that Older Than America is available on DVD in time, but I'm not sure that it will be. My fingers are crossed.

Each student also will read and analyze a contemporary novel by a Native author (I have a list of options running chronologically from House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday to The Night Wanderer by Drew Hayden Taylor) and watch and analyze a film (I have a list of options running chronologically from Pow Wow Highway to Four Sheets to the Wind). Yell if you'd like those lists, too.

Thanks for being interested!

Edited at 2010-08-21 05:59 pm (UTC)
Abbie [wordpress.com]
Aug. 22nd, 2010 03:08 am (UTC)
I have a lot to say about all this.
I'm really excited about this semester! I saw all your books when I went to the bookstore this past week. Always makes me smile. :)

Congratulations on picking up the class at Lenior-Rhyne! I fear for Belmont though -- I don't want them to lose you! Belmont kids need to experience the greatness that is Dr. Amy H. Sturgis.

Hooray for your new editing project! Sounds like a good one.

And finally...
A combination of factors has sidelined the previously planned Tolkien-L'Engle-Rowling project for the time being.
I think I missed where you introduced this project. What was it?
Aug. 22nd, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
Re: I have a lot to say about all this.
I'm excited that you're excited about this semester! :) I hope you have a terrific one. Has everything lined up the way you wanted?

I'm so glad to hear that the books are in for my class. Thanks for noting that. And thanks also for your kind words about the Demon of Brockenheim project. I'm looking forward to putting the introduction and annotations together, not to mention having an excuse to read the text again. It's a great story.

What was it?

I'd been invited to put together a work on the Gothic impulse in works by Tolkien, L'Engle, and Rowling. The situation's changed, but I'm still glad I looked into it, and I can imagine perhaps revisiting the subject as an article or essay or something down the road. It's always a joy to read those authors for pleasure, work, or both. :)

Edited at 2010-08-22 04:31 pm (UTC)
Abbie [wordpress.com]
Aug. 23rd, 2010 04:59 am (UTC)
Re: I have a lot to say about all this.
Hehe! I suppose it has lined up the way I wanted. I had to rearrange things mid-summer because my advisor discovered I still need a science credit (long story). I'm taking horticulture, a religion class called faith and beauty, intro to design principles (just for fun), entertainment career development, and another music business internship with a company called IndieConnect. They enable networking for independent artists. I have high hopes, overall. :)
Aug. 25th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
Re: I have a lot to say about all this.
That looks like a great schedule! "Faith and Beauty" sounds like a particularly interesting course. And congrats on your internship with IndieConnect. Very cool indeed.

I hope this is your best semester ever!
Abbie [wordpress.com]
Aug. 25th, 2010 06:48 pm (UTC)
Re: I have a lot to say about all this.
Thanks. I only wish I could hunt you down today and give you a hug! Situations as they are, please accept a virtual one. *huggle!*
Aug. 25th, 2010 08:55 pm (UTC)
Re: I have a lot to say about all this.
Thank you! Please consider yourself virtually hugged in return. :)
Aug. 26th, 2010 01:02 am (UTC)
Your teaching this semester sounds fab, as usual. How do you cover both campuses? *is dense*

Let me know when the publicity for Demon comes out - I'll spam Australia as much as possible! :D
Aug. 26th, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks for saying so! Belmont is still my "home campus" (though I'm virtual these days), but I'm at L-R often anyway, as it's my husband's campus. The best part is that both of these seminars are on the quarter system, and in separate quarters, so I'm only teaching one at a time.

And thanks so much for your help with Demon. I'll take you up on that! :)

Are you sure you can't make it by the east coast on your trip to the States? :)
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