This course surveys the history, art, and oral traditions of Latin@ cultures through the lens of literature. It is a representative overview of Latin@ literature covering poetry, drama, novels, short stories, corridos, and critical essays. The course will include literary techniques, modes of expression, trends in Latin@ creativity, and will expose students to the richness and diversity that Latin@ cultures have to offer. The purpose of the course is to offer a culturally relevant curriculum that is rich in historical and literary analysis and fosters an understanding of how the experiences of the Latin@ community intersect with diverse aspects of U.S. history and literature. The course is also designed to improve student skills in close reading and in researching and writing academic essays as well as working on independent projects that will develop their critical speaking and listening skills.