HL 90FO: Pacific Worlds

Semester Offered: Fall 2022

Instructor: Rebecca Hogue
Meeting time: W 12:45-2:45

This course examines the Pacific, not as an object of exploration, but as an agent of oceanic relations. We will begin with the ancestral connections between Pacific Islands, travel through the 18th and 19th centuries as we interrogate the entanglements of European imperialism and native Pacific sovereignty, through to the role of the Pacific in World War II and the Cold War, before landing in the 21st century and the modern Indigenous Oceanic connections of environmental movements. Inspired by Banaban-scholar/activist/poet Teresia Teaiwa’s notion of the “polygenesis” of the Pacific, course texts will be drawn from oral histories, navigational charts, paintings, photographs, poetry, fiction, personal narratives, film, carvings, tattoo, and regalia. Working in collaboration with the Peabody Museum’s Pacific collection, we will have a heightened emphasis on material culture as methods of transit, commerce, exchange, storytelling, histories, and futures. We will ask, how does navigation, as metaphor and material practice, inform our understandings of historical and contemporary ecological relationships, like climate change and the protection of sacred sites?


ENG S-238: Indigenous Literatures

Semester Offered: Harvard Summer School 2022

Instructor: Rebecca Hogue
Meeting time: MW 8:30-11:30

This course will introduce fiction and poetry in only a small sampling of the over 1000 native nations across North America and Oceania. Thematically we will consider a variety of contemporary issues that impact Indigenous story-telling today: environmental and social justice; gender and sexuality; land rights and city life; war and extractive capitalism; the law and tribal recognition, and
much more. In our readings, we will ask, how do the oral, visual, sonic, cosmological, environmental, or political contexts influence contemporary Indigenous authors and their writing? Course texts will include poetry by Joy Harjo (Muscogee), Haunani-Kay Trask (Kanaka Maoli), Linda Hogan (Chickasaw), Lucy Tapahanso (Diné), Craig Santos Perez (CHamoru), Deborah Miranda (Esselen and Chumash), and Natalie Diaz (Mojave), as well as fiction by Leslie Marmon Silko (Laguna Pueblo), Louise Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa), Patricia Grace (Māori), Tommy Orange (Cheyenne), and Darcy Little Badger (Lipan Apache). With attention to specific histories and traditions, while also considering shared experiences, we will explore how literature plays a role in expressing contemporary Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination.


WGS 1292: Indigenous Feminisms: Environmental Justice and Resistance

Semester Offered: Spring 2022

Instructor: Rebecca Hogue
Meeting time: Thursday 12:00-2:30

This course will introduce key concepts, methodologies, and arts from Indigenous feminist perspectives on environmental justice. To do this, we will examine five 21st century Indigenous environmental justice case studies from Turtle Island (North America) and Oceania: Idle No More, Mauna Kea, Sogorea Te’, Standing Rock, and the Pacific Climate Warriors. Together we will explore critical theorizations that attend to a range of contemporary issues influencing Indigenous feminist thought today: land, water, and ecology; ceremony and genealogy; healing and care work; science and medicine; reparations and justice. Course texts will include film, podcasts, poetry, visual arts, essays, and more from Indigenous womxn and Two-spirit scholars, artists, and activists. 


HIST-LIT 90EQ: Nuclear Imperialisms

Semester Offered: Fall 2021

Instructor: Rebecca Hogue
Meeting time: Tuesday 9:45-11:45

This course examines nuclear narratives in global contexts as reminders and remainders of empire. Are nuclear futures only tied to whims of unpredictable world leaders, or are they already part of our daily realities? Whose stories of nuclear proliferation are told, and whose are suppressed? Drawing on government propaganda, activist writing, television, fiction, photography, poetry, and film from 1945 to the present, this course will explore the cultural and material legacies of radiation around the world. From American “atomic culture” of the 1940s and ‘50s to Cold War era peace movements in the Pacific Islands to nuclear disasters like Chernobyl and Fukushima, we will assess whether nuclear cultures have changed over time by using a place-based investigation of nuclear research, uranium mining, atomic bombs, “clean” energy, and anti-nuclear resistance. Course texts will include poetry by Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner and Craig Santos Perez, fiction by Patricia Grace and Chantal Spitz, documentaries such as The Atomic Café and The Return of Navajo Boy, as well as popular film and television like Dr. Strangelove (1964), Star Trek (1967), and Godzilla (1954).


HIST-LIT 97: Empire & Migration

Semester Offered: Spring 2021

Instructor: Rebecca Hogue and John Boonstra
Meeting time: Thursday 12-2:45

From Mexico to the Mediterranean, Southeast Asia to the South Pacific, migration has been labeled a “crisis” for the countries to which migrants arrive. It is no coincidence, this course posits, that migratory trajectories toward these nations tend to reflect, reproduce, or reverse those of their imperial pasts—and indeed presents. How did these historically imbalanced relationships—for France and Algeria, for the American Southwest and overseas territories, for the British legacy in India and Pakistan, or for Greek and Turkish populations of the Aegean Sea—affect the routes, as well as the reasons, along and for which peoples have moved across oceans, deserts, mountains, or seas? What colonial power dynamics informed the “push” as well as the “pull” of those who departed, and of those who arrived? How is the history of empire intertwined with the history of migration? We propose to disentangle these histories through close analysis of a range of sources, texts, media, and methods, drawing on literary as well as historical approaches to understand how migrants and societies alike were shaped—and reshaped—by the making and unmaking of global empires.


Harvard Summer School: Global Environmental Literatures

Semester Offered: Summer 2021

Instructor: Rebecca Hogue 
Meeting time: Tuesdays/Thursdays 6:30-9:30 pm

Drawing on fiction and poetry from the 1960s to the present, this course will explore the narrative forms of environmental literatures on all seven continents and the “blue continent” of Oceania. It asks: how has colonialism shaped, or continued to shape, global environments? Is so-called “cli-fi” always speculative, or does climate fiction reveal our daily realities? From resource extraction and development in the global South to Indigenous environmental justice activisms in the Pacific Islands to intercontinental climate change migrations, we will use a place-based investigation of ecological relationships with an attention to race, class, sexuality, ability, language, religion, and gender. Course texts will include poetry from Guahan (Guam), the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Australia, and Greenland; as well as fiction set in Aotearoa (New Zealand), California, Antarctica, Canada, Italy, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Kenya, and Brazil.