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Olga Herrera

Associate Professor of English / Department Chair
M.A., Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
B.A., DePaul University
At St. Thomas since 2009
JRC 334
(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.

Summer 2020 Courses

Summer 2020 Courses
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Fall 2020 Courses

Fall 2020 Courses
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ENGL 280 - L01 Intro to English Studies - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 JRC 227

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0955 - 1135


JRC 227

Course Registration Number:

44955 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours


Olga L. Herrera

This gateway course into the English major and the minor is an introduction to (a) literary tools, techniques, and terminology for reading and writing in English studies; (b) the history of English Studies as a discipline and the intellectual concepts and critical debates that have shaped the field; and (c) the practices of English Studies, from close reading and analysis of literary and critical texts to interpretation and scholarly research. Prerequisites: ENGL 121 or 190. 

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