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    Survey of Native American Literature
    (SUNY Press, 2018-04) Dickinson, Joshua
    This survey textbook overviews Native American literature from its origins in poems and creation myths of the continent's hundreds of Native cultures. Texts are organized with major sections on creation myths, fiction, poetry, and nonfiction/memoir. Standing Bear's Land of the Spotted Eagle is included, along with a scattering of non-Native writers for contrast. The text also focuses on experiencing Native literature through Western lenses, since that is the viewpoint through which students necessarily approach the topic. The text adapts Lumen Learning's Introduction to Literature course shell, which operates with a CC-BY license and was provided by Ivy Tech Community College. Most of the texts are available through web or PDF links. The basic Introduction to Literature material is mostly hidden from student views, but is kept in case instructors wish to use it.
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    American Literature I
    (Lumen Learning, 2018) Dickinson, Joshua
    American Literature I combines a textbook covering literary analysis and literary critical theory, basic research methods in the humanities, and a chronological reader of diverse selections in American Literature. The book begins with a focus on creation myths and Native American literature. Following this is a significant section on Romanticism. Also included are sections on literary nonfiction, writing about literature, early American and Puritan literature, and Herman Melville.
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    World Literature
    (Lumen Learning, 2018) Joshua Dickinson
    World Literature covers a range of world fiction and nonfiction readings, including coverage of trickster tales, origin myths, memoirs, novels, short stories, and poems. Focus is on Native American, Japanese, Chinese, and Islamic readings. Featured authors include Kabir, Lao Tzu, Izumi Shikubu, Zitkal-Šá, Langston Hughes, Sappho, Plato, Margaret Atwood, and Rabindranath Tagore. The title also covers the writing process, literary analysis arguments, and and a general academic writing overview.
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    Technical Writing Strategies
    (SUNY Press, 2017-10) Dickinson, Joshua
    Strategies in Technical Writing is an Open Education Resource text designed for community-college-level students being introduced to technical writing conventions. The text focuses on the main genres involved in professional communication, the writing situation, research, and citation. This text was adapted by Lumen Learning from materials developed by Dr. Elizabeth Lohman as part of the Z Degree Program and originally provided by Tidewater Community College. Technical Writing is a modified version of the Lumen Technical Writing book from the SUNY OER textbook list. The original version of this book was released under a CC-BY license and is copyrighted by Lumen Learning. It was then heavily redeveloped by Joshua Dickinson, Associate Professor of English at Jefferson Community College in Watertown, NY. The text includes a list of changes.
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    Space Mythos: Science Fiction
    (SUNY Press, 2020-06) Dickinson, Joshua
    Space Mythos is a science fiction reader and literature textbook. It overviews MLA citation, literary analysis, and academic writing moves. This Open Educational Resources text is designed to accompany other science fiction novels in a survey course. The reader includes a historical overview of the genre, from E. M. Forster and H. G. Wells to entire novels (Edwin A. Abbott's Flatland). Historical items are included in the text. Several links to science fictions stories appear as well.
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