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Patricia Keller

Associate Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature

Klarman Hall, Room 264


Patty Keller is the author of Ghostly Landscapes: Film, Photography, and the Aesthetics of Haunting in Contemporary Spanish Culture, which examines the relationship between image production, ideology, and spectrality. Weaving together close readings of three distinct media from Spain’s fascist and post-fascist periods—documentary newsreels, art films, and conceptual photography—this study explores the interpretive possibilities of visual constructions of loss in contemporary culture. She is currently working on a new project titled, Photography’s Wound: Exposing Belief in Times of Uncertainty, a study of contemporary photography, ethics, and structures of belief. Her research and teaching interests span the fields of literature, photography, critical theory, political philosophy, cultural studies, cinema and media studies.


  • Romance Studies

Graduate Fields

  • Art
  • Comparative Literature
  • Film and Video Studies
  • Romance Studies


  • 19th – 21st century visual culture
  • The relationship between film, photography and literature
  • Modern and contemporary Spain
  • Fascism
  • Literary Theory
  • Critical Theory
  • Landscape Theory
  • Galician studies
  • Experimental cinema
  • Photography as text


  • Cinema History Violence
  • Post-Totalitarian Spanish Fiction
  • Visualizing Contemporary Spain: Film, Photography & Literature
  • Architectures of Desire: Luis Buñuel & Film Theory
  • Todo Almodóvar
  • Spanish Cinema 1950 – 1975
  • Spanish Cinema 1975 – Present
  • Photography in Crisis
  • Landscape & Loss
  • Modern Spanish Literature
  • Perspectives on Spain: Studies in Contemporary Visual Culture
  • Cinematic Cities



  • Ghostly Landscapes: Film, Photography and the Aesthetics of Haunting in Contemporary Spanish Culture. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016.
  • “From Afterlife to Afterimage: History Happens With Photography.” Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies. Vol. 20 (2016): 49-74.
  • “Letters From the City. Writing Boundaries in Nueve cartas a Berta (1965).” Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Vol. 90.8 (Fall 2013): 943-962. 
  • “Cinematic Time and the Question of Possibility in Carlos Saura’s Elisa, vida mía (1977).” Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas, Vol. 10.1 (March 2013): 3-22.
  • “The Valley, the Monument, and the Tomb. Notes on the Place of Historical Memory.” Memory & Its Discontents: Spanish Culture in the Early Twenty-First Century. Eds. Luis Martín Estudillo and Nicholas Spadaccini. Hispanic Issues On Line 11 (Fall 2012): 64-86.
  • “Place & The Politics of Loss in Mercedes Alvarez’s El cielo gira (2004).” Hispanic Research Journal, Vol. 13.4 (August 2012): 361-81.
  • “Joan Fontcuberta’s Landscapes—Remapping Photography and the Technological Image.” Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Vol. 12.2 (2011): 129-153.   
  • “Encounters with the Unsightly: Reading [AIDS] History, Photography, and the Obscene.” Co-authored with Jonathan Snyder. On Photography, History, and Memory in Spain. Ed. María Nilsson. Hispanic Issues On Line 3 (Spring 2011): 91-115.