A literature course surveying the construction of gender in Latin America from pre-colonial times, through 300 years of colonization and into the twenty-first century. A variety of texts including novels, poetry, diaries, non-fiction essays and several videos will explore topics such as the myths of machismo and marianismo, the politics of women’s speaking and writing, women’s activisms for social justice, human rights, and to expand the literary canon. This course is taught in English. (This course may be applied toward the requirement of 12 credits of study of foreign language for the Bachelor of Arts degree.)