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Olga Herrera

Associate Professor of English / Department Chair
Degree
M.A., Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
B.A., DePaul University
At St. Thomas since 2009
Office
JRC 334
Hours
(Fall 2018) M/W 9:00-10:00am; also by appointment
Phone
(651) 962-5613

My research examines the literary making of Chicago as a mythic place of work and opportunity for migrants and immigrants alike. In particular, I focus on how Chicago Latino and other writers of color have critiqued the image of the "City of Big Shoulders" in order to ask how race, class, and gender can affect one's access to work and urban experience. I am also interested in urban literature more generally and the construction of space, place, and community in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. In my teaching and research, I enjoy discussing film and pop culture, with a focus on representations of race and gender.

Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 203 - W41 HNRS City Lights: Urban Exper M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 JRC 227

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1200

Location:

JRC 227

Course Registration Number:

42536 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Olga L. Herrera

This course explores urban experience through the perspective of writers working in fiction, drama, creative nonfiction, and poetry. It will focus on the way writers in those genres use language and literary devices to address the life and landscape of the city. Students will engage first-hand with the urban environment in the Twin Cities and bring that experience into their analytic and reflective writing for the semester. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing. This course satisfies the Writing in the Curriculum Writing Intensive requirement. Please note that this course is open only to students in the Aquinas Scholars Honors program.

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J-Term 2019 Courses

J-Term 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Spring 2019 Courses

Spring 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 337 - L01 Latina Women Writers - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OEC 209

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

OEC 209

Course Registration Number:

21301 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Olga L. Herrera

What kinds of insights can reading from a multicultural, internationalist perspective bring to our current moment? What can reading authors from Cuban-American, Dominican-American, Mexican-American, and Puerto Rican backgrounds teach us about the diversity we encounter in 21st century America? This course will explore literature by Latina authors writing about themes of identity, culture and politics, language, gender, religion and spirituality, and artistic experience within a contemporary U.S. context. Students will read texts published in English by authors including Isabel Allende, Julia Alvarez, Sandra Cisneros, Cristina Garcia, Cloria Anzaldua, and others. This course satisfies the Human Diversity core requirement and the Diversity distribution requirement for English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

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