This course introduces students to a variety of literary genres as a medium to study the history, life, and culture of Spanish America from pre-Colombian times to the 21st century. Our readings will take us from the ancient Mayan “Genesis” in the Popol Vuh to the multi-lingual narratives in present-day United States, exploring not only modern and post-modern movements, but also several texts associated with the realist, romantic, and colonial periods. Particular attention will be given to the role of literature in different social, political, and religious events through the centuries. The class will be conducted in Spanish.