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About Margaret Olsen

Margaret (Molly) Olsen specializes in Trans-Atlantic literatures of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, as well as Afro-Caribbean texts of the colonial and contemporary periods. She believes that history is generally exclusive and incomplete, and her central research focuses on textually recuperating discourses that have been historically suppressed. Much of her research , for example, reveals the complex levels at which peoples of African descent have participated in the writing of the New World. Olsen is equally interested in how legacies of dominance inform the present reality of many peoples across the globe. Most recently, she has found powerful tools of analysis in the relationship between colonialism and ecocriticism as she explores discursive struggles over land and nature.
Professor Olsen has been teaching at Macalester since 2007.
EDUCATION: B.A., M.A., Ohio State University
Ph.D., Tulane University


Present Professor, Hispanic and Latin American Studies, Macalester College

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  • Introduction to the Analysis of Hispanic Texts
  • Building Latin American Identity
  • Intermediat Spanish
  • Superando Limites

Contact Information

Macalester College
Neill Hall 200b
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105


Books (1)

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Journal Articles (4)

Presentations (3)