Languages, Literatures and Cultures
B.A. Philosophy and Humanities, Spanish Philology, University of Málaga, Spain, 1997.
M.A. Spanish Literature, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Illinois, 2000.
Ph. D. Spanish Literature, University of California, Davis with major field in Golden Age Spanish Literature. 2009.
I have been teaching at Muhlenberg since 2009. I regularly teach courses in Spanish language, literature, and culture. My purpose as a teacher is to form a creative, engaging and open minded environment so that the student can develop as a critical thinker through experiences within and beyond the classroom. In this sense, my research agenda connects with my teaching approach, resulting in scholarly work inspired by class discussion, and in the development of interdisciplinary projects where my research interests are shaped through my interaction with students.
My research focuses primarily on early modern Iberian literature, theater, performance, cultural studies and history. My immediate priority is to edit and publish my manuscript Del teatro a la novela: El ritual del disfraz en las Novelas ejemplares de Cervantes (From Theatre to Novel: The Ritual of Disguise in the Novelas ejemplares by Cervantes). My second book project will focus on the presence of Elizabeth I Tudor in early modern Spanish literature, elaborating on an article recently published in the journal Cervantes. Lastly, a parallel research project I am now initiating has to do with my recent interest in the history of political science. The work will explore the influence of Niccolò Machiavelli’s political thought on early modern Spanish literature.
I currently teach courses in Spanish language and literature, which include: Elementary & Intermediate Spanish, Conversation and Composition, Medieval & Renaissance Spanish Literature, Cervantes, Beauty & the Beast: Spanish Monsters and Early Modern Spanish Drama (in Spanish and in translation). My teaching philosophy is centered on the concept of interaction. I strive to communicate my knowledge to students in such a way that they can feel free to discuss it, question it, and generate new approaches to it. This interaction involves not only the lessons I can teach my students, but also what they can teach me. The challenge of teaching resides, not in merely presenting literary material to students, but in offering it in such a way that they are intellectually stimulated and interested to the point of wanting to become a part of these works. Some of the strategies I employ in my classes include discussions, debates, active and creative group work, theatrical performances, interdisciplinary approaches linked to the visual arts, and the incorporation of technology.
Individualized attention to each student is something that I strive to offer from the very first day of my courses. The human side of teaching, which I consider just as crucial as the intellectual aspect, involves getting to know each student as an individual, understanding their personalities, and working with their particular potential. My purpose in teaching is to create a work environment with a sense of community, in which we all feel part of a group that is working toward a common goal: to learn from each other in order to become not only scholars but also better human beings.
Courses taught in Spanish or English by Dr. Olid
SPN-410 Medieval & Renaissance Spanish Literature - Fall 2013
SPN-412 Drama Poster - Folleto primavera 2013
- Program - April 30, 2013
SPN-412 - Early Modern Spanish Drama Spring 2013
SPN-411 - Spanish Short Stories by Cervantes - Fall 2012
SPN-481- Early Modern Spanish Drama in Translation -Spring 2012
SPN-410 Medieval & Renaissance Spanish Literature - Fall 2011
SPN-411 Don Quijote and the Modern World - Fall 2010