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Malgorzata Oleszkiewicz-Peralba, Ph.D.

Professor, Spanish
Dept of Modern Languages and Literatures

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Phone: 210-458-5214
Office: MH 4.01.20

Research area: Latin American and Latino syncretic religions, Afro-Latin American Studies, Gender Studies, Slavic Studies

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  • Biography

    Malgorzata Oleszkiewicz-Peralba is Professor of Latin American Literary and Cultural Studies at the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. She specializes in cross-cultural, comparative research in syncretic religions, and the feminine. Among her publications are the books, Fierce Feminine Divinities of Eurasia and Latin America: Baba Yaga, Kali, Pombagira, and Santa Muerte (Palgrave 2015), The Black Madonna in Latin America and Europe: Tradition and Transformation (UNMP 2007, 2009, 2011), and Teatro popular peruano: del precolombino al siglo XX (Warsaw University and the Austrian Institute of Latin America, 1995), as well as numerous scholarly book chapters and articles. She has lived, studied, and lectured widely around the world, and is fluent in seven languages.

    Degrees

    Ph.D., Latin American Literature and Culture, New York University (1991)

    M.Phil., Spanish American and Brazilian Literature and Culture, New York University (1985)

    Magister, Iberian and Latin American Studies, Warsaw University (1981)

    M.A., Spanish and Portuguese Literature and Culture, Queens College (1981)

    B.A., Romance Languages, Queens College (1979)

  • Recent Courses

    Recent Undergraduate Courses

    SPN 4303 Topics in Hispanic Cultures: La narcocultura

    SPN 4303 Topics in Hispanic Cultures: Popular Religions of Latin America
    SPN 4203 Topics in Hispanic Lits: The Fantastic and the Marvelous in Latin American Fiction
    SPN 3463 Latin American Literature to Modernism
    SPN 3473 Latin American Literature since Modernism
    SPN 3623 Latin American Culture and Civilization
    SPN 3043 Introduction to Literature

    SPN 4203 Topics in Hispanic Literatures: Women Writers of Latin America
    WS 3953 Special Topics in Women Writers
    WS 3713 Special Topics in Women’s Studies
    SPN 2333 Hispanic Literature in English Translation


    Recent Graduate Courses

    SPN 5483 Studies in Hispanic Culture: La narcocultura

    SPN 5813 Studies in Hispanic Literature: Women Writers of Latin America

    AmericaSPN 5483 Studies in Hispanic Culture: Popular Religions of Latin America

    SPN 5813 Studies in Hispanic Lit: The Fantastic and the Marvelous in Latin American Fiction
     

  • Research in Progress

    Research in Progress

     

    “Continuity of Feminine Symbolism in Popular Art from Prehistory to the Present.” Manuscript in progress

    “Baba Yaga: An Eastern European Liminal Deity.” She Is Everywhere! Vol.4. 10 ms. pages. Accepted for publication.

  • Recent Publications

    Recent Publications

    Books

    Fierce Feminine Divinities from Eurasia and Latin America: Baba Yaga, Ka̅li̅, Pombagira, and Santa Muerte. New York, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. Hardcover (204 pages, 40 halftones; Ebook, 204 pages, 40 halftones)

    The Black Madonna in Latin America and Europe: Tradition and Transformation. Albuquerque: U of New Mexico Press, 2011. Electronic edition (246 pages, 140 halftones, 15 color plates)

    The Black Madonna in Latin America and Europe: Tradition and Transformation. Albuquerque: U of New Mexico Press, 2009. Paperback edition, revised (246 pages, 140 halftones, 15 color plates)

    The Black Madonna in Latin America and Europe: Tradition and Transformation. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2007. Hardcover (246 pages, 140 halftones, 15 color plates)


    Book Chapters

    “Sara-La-Kâli y las vírgenes negras/ Sara-La-Kâli e as virxes negras/ Sara-La-Kâli et les vierges noires.” Les gens du Chemin. Peregrinación a Saintes Maries de la Mer. Santiago de Compostela, Spain: Xunta de Galicia, 2013. 21-31 & 105-110

     

    “Origini e transformazioni  del culto della Madonna Nera oltre Atlantico” (“Origins and Transformations of the Black Madonna Devotion across the Atlantic”).  Nigra Sum. Culti santuari e Imagini delle Madonne Nere d’Europa. Paolo Pellizari, ed. Parco Naturale e Area attrezzata del Sacro Monte di Crea, Italy: ATLAS Centro di documentazione dei Sacri Monti Calvari e Complessi devozionali europei, 2012. 197-208.

     

    “Saint Sara-La-Kâli: The Romani Black Madonna.” She Is Everywhere! Vol.3. Mary Saracino and Mary Beth Moser, eds. Bloomington, IN: iUniverse, 2012. 128-143

     

     

    Articles

    “Holy Death, Our Protectress: The Mexican Santa Muerte /Święta Śmierć, Nasza Opiekunka: Meksykańska Santa Muerte.” Etnografia nowa /The New Ethnography 5 (2013): 119-139.

     

     “El narcotráfico y la religión en América Latina.” Revista del CESLA 13, vol. 1 (2010): 211-224

     

    “Reloj, no marques las horas: patetismo y ausencia en La hora de la estrella de Clarice Lispector.” Revista del CESLA 12 (2009): 53-61. Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos, Warsaw University

     

    “Los hispanos en los Estados Unidos y la identidad: el símbolo de la Virgen de Guadalupe.” Simposio aculturación y transculturación, las diversas voces de América. Margarita Alegría de la Colina, ed. Azcapotzalco: Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, 2007. 81-97

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    Additional Information

     

    Radio Programs. “The Popularity of Santa Muerte in San Antonio/South Texas.” Interview as expert. Aired on All Things Considered, Nov 1, 2016, and on Morning Edition on Nov 2, 2016, Texas Public Radio

     

    “Santa Muerte, Skeletal Folk Saint of Death, Gains Followers in San Antonio,” by Aaron Schrank. http://tpr.org/post/santa-muerte-skeletal-folk-saint-death-gains-followers-san-antonio, Nov. 2, 2016

     

    Documentary. “Santa Muerte.” Filmed interview as expert by Charlie Lockwood. Texas Folklife Resources, Austin, TX, October 11, 2016

     

    “Oleszkiewicz Researches Feminine Symbolism in Art,” October 24, 2016

     

    “Alvarez Grant Funds Unique Education Abroad Course in Oaxaca,” by Sherrie Voss Matthews. UTSA International and UTSA Today, December 14, 2015

     

    “Searching for Santa Muerte in San Antonio,” by Michael Marks. San Antonio Current, October 28, 2015