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Olga Herrera

Assistant Professor of English
M.A., Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
B.A., DePaul University
At St. Thomas since 2009
JRC 357
(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.

Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
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Summer 2018 Courses

Summer 2018 Courses
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Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
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ENGL 203 - W41 HONORS: City Lights M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 JRC 227

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1200


JRC 227

Course Registration Number:

42536 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours


Olga L. Herrera

With its focus on thematic and intertextual perspectives, the readings in this course might be ordered any number of ways: according to theme, an idea that develops across genres or literary periods, or by their incorporation of specific oral or textual precedents (e.g. mythology, the Bible, classical writings, legends, or folklore). The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing.

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