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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
(Fall 2018) M/W 9:00-10:00am; also by appointment
(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

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M - W - F - -

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1055 - 1200


JRC 227

Course Registration Number:

42536 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours


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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