This course provides a comprehensive historical survey of American literature. Students will study the literature and important themes of the Americas, including Mexico, central, and south American countries and regions. Students will examine the mythological, philosophical, and artistic elements of these literary traditions.  Abundant practice in language arts skills including reading comprehension, literary analysis, and research will prepare students for higher-level work in language arts.  The contents of the course will require extensive writing of various forms, including essays, dialogues, journals, and creative expressions.

The curriculum of this course parallels that of American Studies, allowing students to examine the effects of political, geographical, economic and social systems on literary expressions from a variety of cultures and providing an interdisciplinary and humanities approach to literature.