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Patricia Keller

Associate Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature

Klarman Hall, Room 161


Patricia Keller, Assistant Professor of Spanish Literature, received her B.A. in Spanish and English Literature from the University of Kansas (2000) and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan (2008). Her research and teaching interests are in the fields of modern and contemporary Spanish cultural studies, literature, and film. Currently she is working on a book manuscript that examines the relationship between ideology, spectrality, and visual culture in fascist and post-fascist Spain. Through multi-genre readings, her study looks at landscapes in 20th century Spanish newsreels, film, and photography as texts that reveal new ways of seeing the politics and poetics of place. Her work theorizes the ways in which visualizing Spanish modernity is intricately connected to an “aesthetics of haunting”—or the visual manifestation and subsequent cultural implications of depicting a place bound to and haunted by remnants of its traumatic past.

She is beginning research for her second book project on Spanish New Wave Cinema.


  • Romance Studies

Graduate Fields

  • Comparative Literature
  • Film and Video Studies
  • Romance Studies


  • Contemporary Peninsular Literature and Culture
  • Fascist Technologies and Spectacles
  • Cultural Studies and Critical Theory
  • Film Studies, Film Theory, and Spanish New Wave Cinema
  • Galician Language & Literature 
  • Theories of Landscape and Place
  • Photography as Text



  • Ghostly Landscapes: Film, Photography, and the Aesthetics of Haunting in Contemporary Spanish Culture  (manuscript in progress)
  • The New Wave: Spanish Cinema 1950-1975 (book project under research)
  • “Encountering the Unsightly: Reading [AIDS] History, Photography, and the Obscene” (forthcoming article co-authored with Jon Snyder, HIOL)