A historical survey of the political, social, economic, religious, and artistic life in Spanish America from the pre-Columbian times through the 19th century. Provides an understanding of the various forces and events that have shaped life and culture in the Spanish-speaking territories of America. Studies the main literary genres of the period and covers elementary concepts of literary theory and analysis. Emphasizes the study of figurative and symbolic language. Requires active class participation. 3 Cr.