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Patricia Keller

Associate Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature

Patricia Keller

Klarman Hall, Room 264


Patty Keller specializes in Spanish literature and visual culture. She 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 are located at the intersection of literature, photography, critical theory, political philosophy, cultural studies, cinema and media studies.


  • Deceleration
  • Melodrama & Cinema
  • Experimental Screens
  • Lorca's Poetics
  • Cinematic Cities
  • Modern Spanish Literature
  • Cinema / History / Violence
  • Perspectives on Spain
  • Architectures of Desire: Luis Buñuel & Film Theory
  • Spanish Cinema 1950 – 1975
  • Todo Almodóvar



  • Comparative Literature
  • Romance Studies

Graduate Fields

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


  • Visual Studies
  • Media Studies


  • 19th – 21st Century Visual Culture
  • Intersections of Film, Photography & Literature
  • Modern & Contemporary Spain
  • Fascism
  • Literary Theory
  • Critical Theory
  • Landscape Theory
  • Galician Studies
  • Experimental Cinema
  • Photography as Text


Spring 2022


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