Olga Colbert

Associate Professor of Spanish

World Languages and Literatures, Spanish



Office Location

Clements 308E




Ph.D., Stanford University

Dr. Olga Colbert, Associate Professor of Spanish, is a faculty member of SMU’s Department of World Languages and Literatures. A native of Madrid, she received her Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from Stanford University. Dr. Colbert has been teaching at SMU since 1999. Dr. Colbert is the director of SMU-in-Madrid

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Research Interests

  • Contemporary Spanish literature and culture
  • Memory
  • Popular culture
  • Gender studies
  • Cognitive approaches to literature

Publications and Presentations

  • “A Panpsychic Universe? Plant, Animal, and Human Consciousness in Julio Llamazares’s Luna de lobos.” In Beyond Human: Decentering the Anthropocene in Spanish Ecocriticism. Maryanne Leone and Shanna Lino, Eds. (Manuscript under review by University of Toronto Press)
  • “Ignatius’ Brain: Food and Sex in John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces.” In Theology and Geometry: Essays on John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces. Leslie Marsh, Ed. (Lexington Books: London): 123-140, 2020.
  • “El poder narrativo de las experiencias en la narrativa reciente de Antonio Muñoz Molina” in Revista Barcarola, Albacete (Spain). Dec. 2018.
  • “Apocalypse and A-bomb: States in Consciousness in John Kennedy Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces” in Novelistic Inquiries into the Mind. Grzegorz Maziarczyk, Ed. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016.
  • “Gender Under the Lens in Elena Poniatowska's La piel del cielo” in Gender Issues in the Hispanic World: Identity, Power, and Expression. Tania Gómez, Ed. London: Lexington Books, 2016.
  • “Gender Boundaries and the Female Monstrous Body in “Elena Poniatowska's La piel del cielo. XXVI Congreso Anual de la Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica (AILCFH), Houston, TX, November 10-12, 2016.


Olga Colbert