The powerful role played by literature and film in the construction and expression of distinctive Latin American identities and realities. Features the most distinguished authors of Latin American literature from the pre-colonial period to the present. Readings are from many different genres: letters from the first explorers and missionaries, essays, poems, and short fiction. The singular voices and visions of these authors will be placed in dialogue with canonical and thematically-affiliated films from Latin America to deepen student understanding of key questions, moments and movements in Latin American history and culture. SP Sem, every other year, even years. Prereq: SPAN 3000.