Olga Herrera  portrait

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
(Spring 2019) T/R 10:30-11:30; 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.

Summer 2019 Courses

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

Days of Week:

- 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

NOTE: Students will NOT be able to register themselves for this seminar, as registration for a one-professor seminar is controlled by the faculty member. Please contact Olga Herrera (herr0480@stthomas.edu, 651-962-2613) for authorization to enroll in this seminar.

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Fall 2019 Courses

Fall 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 203 - W13 Saints, Spirits, & Spitfires - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OEC 206

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

OEC 206

Course Registration Number:

42570 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Olga L. Herrera

Saints guide us, spirits frighten us, and female spitfires wrote the book on behaving badly. In this course, we’ll explore these assumptions about cultural figures and myths emerging from Latinx culture by reading and discussing fiction, poetry, music, television, film, and visual art. We’ll look at the figure of the Our Lady of Guadalupe, her origins in pre-Columbian mythology, and her appearances in contemporary literature and art, including Sandra Cisneros’s WOMAN HOLLERING CREEK. We’ll investigate the Day of the Dead tradition in Mexico, watch film representations of the Day of the Dead, and glimpse the spirit world through reading about the ghostly mother spirit of La Llorona. We’ll meet La Loca, the young heroine who dies and rises again in Ana Castillo’s SO FAR FROM GOD, and Ultima, the mysterious healing woman in Rudolfo Anaya’s BLESS ME, ULTIMA. We’ll explore the spitfire bad-girl image through the figures of Frida Kahlo and others, and unpack both the limiting and liberating aspects of this image. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing. This course satisfies the WAC Writing Intensive requirement.

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J-Term 2020 Courses

J-Term 2020 Courses
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