Intro to Lit: Genre

Introduction to Literature: Life Writing in Hawaiʻi

In this writing intensive (WI) course, we will explore how literary elements within auto/biographies, poetry, blogs, plays, and film both document and provide roots of cultural, social, and political resurgence that continues to produce contemporary Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) literature. In this course we will wrestle with questions such as: What are common themes in Kanaka Maoli life writing or life writing in Hawaiʻi? How do these writers portray struggles with everyday and systemic identity politics, racism, sexism, gender inequality, colonialism, etc.? Where do we fit within these (hi)stories?As we engage texts by writers such as John Dominis Holt, Haunani-Kay Trask, and Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl, we will analyze how these authors document their experiences through the lenses of their characters and/or through the act of writing itself.