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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
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.

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 121 - W09 Critical Thinking: Lit/Writing M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 OEC 209

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M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1200

Location:

OEC 209

Course Registration Number:

22961 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Olga L. Herrera

Students will read and write about literary texts critically and closely. The course emphasizes recursive reading and writing processes that encourage students to discover, explain, question and clarify ideas. To this end, students will study a variety of genres as well as terms and concepts helpful to close analysis of those genres. They will practice various forms of writing for specific audiences and purposes. Students will reflect on and develop critical awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses as readers and writers. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 12 pages of formal revised writing.

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ENGL 337 - L02 Latina Women Authors - - - - - - - -

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- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

22990 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Olga L. Herrera

This course provides an in-depth exploration of literatures that focus intensively on topics related to race, ethnicity, nation, class, gender, and/or sexual orientation. It examines questions related to how these literatures fit in “the canon” and how they speak to or inform each other, which critical approaches are relevant for studying these literatures, how issues of power and privilege are connected to our understanding of these literatures, and what provocations and concerns emerge from the study of these literatures. Specific topics vary; accordingly, credit may be earned more than once for this course number. This course fulfills the Contexts and Convergences requirement in the English major, and the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203, 204.

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Summer 2019 Courses

Summer 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
HONR 480 - 03 HONORS Minnesota Grown - T - R - - - 1000 - 1200 JRC 481

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- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1000 - 1200

Location:

JRC 481

Course Registration Number:

30184 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

2 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Olga L. Herrera

These interdisciplinary seminars are intended to develop integrating insights through an analysis of topics chosen from different disciplines. Often they are taught by two faculty members or by a visiting lecturer who holds one of the endowed chairs at the university.

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