Patricia Keller

Assistant Professor of Spanish Literature; Director of Graduate Studies

pkeller@cornell.edupkeller Office: KLR K264 Phone: email only

Patricia Keller, Assistant Professor of Spanish Literature, received her B.A. in Spanish and English Literature from the University of Kansas and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Her research and teaching interests are in the fields of modern and contemporary Spanish cultural studies, literature, film, and photography.  She recently published a book, Ghostly Landscapes: Film, Photography, and Aesthetics of Haunting in Contemporary Spanish Culture  (University of Toronto Press), in which she 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 representations of loss and to an “aesthetics of haunting,” articulated as the visualization of a place bound to and haunted by remnants of its traumatic past.

She was a fellow at Cornell’s Society for the Humanities during the 2012-2013 academic year, where she began working on her second book project on Spanish photography, wounds, ethics, and structures of belief.

Recent Courses

  • Landscape & Loss
  • Perspectives on Spain
  • Modern Spanish Literature
  • Todo Almodóvar
  • Spanish Cinema 1950 – 1975: The Sinister, the Satirical, & the Scandalous
  • Spanish Cinema 1975 – The Present
  • The Architecture of Desire: Luis Buñuel & Film Theory
  • Film, Photography, Literature: Visualizing Contemporary Spain
  • Photography in Crisis
  • Post-Totalitarian Spanish Literature
  • Cinema, History, Violence

Research Interests

  • Contemporary Peninsular Visual Culture
  • Fascist Technologies and Spectacles
  • Cultural Studies and Critical Theory
  • Film Studies, Film Theory, and New Wave Cinemas
  • Galician Cutlure
  • Theories of Landscape and Place
  • Photography as Text

Selected Publications

  • Ghostly Landscapes: Film, Photography and the Aesthetics of Haunting in Contemporary Spanish Culture. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016.
  • Photography’s Wound: Exposing Belief in Times of Uncertainty (book in progress)
Selected Articles
  • “From Afterlife to Afterimage: History Happens With Photography” (forthcoming in The Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, Vol.20.1 June 2016).
  • “Espera, Andalucía: la crisis, el tiempo de la espera y la fotografía de Markel Redondo.” La retórica del sur: Representaciones y discursos sobre Andalucía en el periodo democrático. Ed. Antonio Gómez-López Quiñones. Trans. Rodrigo Hasbún. Sevilla: Ediciones Alfar, 2015. (291-325)
  • “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.
  • “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.