PUB480 Indigenous Editing Practices

This course will introduce both basic editorial principles and the diversity of Indigenous storytelling practices and protocols, to explore how Indigenous people’s histories, ways of being, worldviews, and life experiences might play into editorial decision-making. Rather than teaching individual editorial rules or prescribing universal rules for editing Indigenous manuscripts, this course will help students to consider the historical context and the principles behind the rules that guide all types of editing. Students will develop an informed and case-by-case approach of their own by critically applying principles learned from Indigenous storytellers themselves.

Students of this course will be able to:

  • Describe the history of publishing of texts by Indigenous authors in lands claimed by Canada
  • Understand and identify foundational information regarding the histories of Indigenous peoples, including federal agreements that have affected Indigenous contexts
  • Understand the debates around appropriation of Indigenous knowledges, especially around the 1980s and the 20teens
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of four types of editors
  • Distinguish between developmental editing, stylistic editing, copy editing, and sensitivity reading issues
  • Understand some of the roles stories can play in Indigenous people‚Äôs knowledge systems
  • Describe some of the principles in play when editing Indigenous manuscripts
  • Provide a clear manuscript evaluation with suggested editorial treatment and rationale
Assignment #1: Copyediting exercise 10%
Assignment #2: Developmental Editing exercise 20%
Assignment #3: Guiding Principles for Manuscript Evaluation 30%
Assignment #4: Book Proposal 30%
Participation 10%
This course is cross-listed with INDG 410 D100