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Curriculum Vitae

Bio

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, 2018), 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 4303 Topics in Hispanic Cultures: Brazilian Culture through Film          

  • SPN 4203 Topics in Hispanic Literatures: Women Writers of Latin America

  • SPN 4303 Topics in Hispanic Cultures: Latino/a Cultural Expressions

  • SPN 4203 Topics in Hispanic Lits: The Fantastic and the Marvelous in Lat. Am. Fiction

  • SPN 4003 Advanced Language Skills: Oral Communication

  • SPN 4003 Advanced Language Skills: Written Communication

  • 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

  • WS 3953 Special Topics in Women Writers

  • WS 3713 Special Topics in Women’s Studies

Recent Graduate Courses

  • SPN 5473 Latin American Civilization

  • SPN 5483 Studies in Hispanic Cultures: La narcocultura

  • SPN 5483 Studies in Hispanic Cultures: Brazilian Culture through Film

  • SPN 5813 Studies in Hispanic Literatures: Women Writers of Latin America

  • SPN 5483 Studies in Hispanic Cultures: Popular Religions of Latin America

  • SPN 5483 Studies in Hispanic Cultures: Latino/a Cultural Expressions

  • SPN 5813 Studies in Hispanic Lits: The Fantastic and the Marvelous in Lat. Am. Fiction

 


Research in Progress

Symbolism and Mythology of Eurasia and the Americas: Manifestations in Artifacts and Rituals. Berghahn Books (Oxford/New York). Under contract.


Recent Publications

Books

Fierce Feminine Divinities from Eurasia and Latin America: Baba Yaga, Ka̅lı̅, Pombagira, and Santa Muerte. New York, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, Hardcover and Ebook (204 pages, 40 halftones); 2018, Paperback (204 pages, 40 halftones)

The Black Madonna in Latin America and Europe: Tradition and Transformation. Albuquerque: U of New Mexico Press, 2007, Hardcover; 2009, Paperback edition, revised (246 pages, 140 halftones, 15 color plates); 2011, Electronic edition (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

“Pombagira: The Afro-Brazilian Trickster/Pombagira: Afrobrazylijska Tricksterka.” The New Ethnography/ Etnografia nowa 9/10 (2017/2018): 127-151. (Published in 2019)

“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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Recent Media Contributions/ Articles about Author

La Santa Muerte: A Folk Saint in Texas. Documentary screening, panel, and Q & A session, featuring Malgorzata Oleszkiewicz-Peralba, and other experts. Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio, TX, October 5, 2017

“UTSA Researcher Examines Feminine Symbolism in Popular Art around the World,” By Kara Mireles. UTSA Today, December 12, 2016

Radio Program. “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

“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

“Heritage Divide,” by Michelle Mondo. Sombrilla Online, Spring/Summer 2015

Press Conference, Museo Das Peregrinacións e De Santiago. Santiago de Compostela, Spain, June 14, 2013

"Black Madonnas, Unofficial Saints, and Fierce Feminine Divinities." 45-minute radio interview on Voices of the Sacred Feminine, July 31, 2013

“The Black Madonna: An Ancient Tradition in Modern Times,” by Patrick Collins. Ovations 8, 2013

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