photo- Ilka Kressner- by J MacMillan

Ilka Kressner

Associate Professor of Hispanic and Italian Studies


Degree/Institution: Ph.D. University of Virginia
Office: HU 223
Email: ikressner{at}


Academic Focus

Spanish American literature, film and visual art (20th to beginning 21st centuries), conceptions of space in art, cultural and ecocritical studies.


Professor Kressner’s scholarship and teaching examine Spanish American literatures, films and visual art from a variety of cultural and national contexts, often from a comparative perspective.

Her monograph Sites of Disquiet: The Non-Space in Spanish American Short Narratives and Their Cinematic Transformations (Purdue UP, 2013) examines representations of alternative spaces, among those, sites of deferral, merging perspectives, darkness and emptiness, in Spanish American short narratives and their adaptations to the screen. She has co-edited Walter Benjamin Unbound (2015, special issue of Annals of Scholarship Vols. 21:1 and 2; together with Alexander Gelley and Michael G. Levine), and published scholarly articles in, among others, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, MELUS, Confluencia, Hispanic Journal, Hispanófila and Revista Chilena de Litratura and is currently working on a book project on Latin American travel photography and writings by Jewish émigré artists Ellen Auerbach and Fritz Neugass from the 1950s–70s.


Classes recently taught:

Spanish American Film (514)
Legacy of the 60’s in Spanish American Literature (ASPN 513)
Colonial Literature from a Postcolonial Perspective (ASPN 644)
Literatures and Cultures of the Borderlands (ASPN 529)
Literature and Human Rights (ASPN 446)
Popular Cultures in Latin America (ASPN 517)

Doctoral students working with Professor Kressner have worked or are currently working on topics such as: the female detective in contemporary Latin American fiction; Spanish American experimental poetry; imagination and the imaginary in the short stories by Marvel Moreno and Angela Carter; portrayals of the female body in the literature about the feminicidios in Ciudad Juárez; Baroque bodies in Post-Franco literature; and the figure of the cyborg in contemporary Spanish American novels.

Research and Publications


poster-Critical Speculations conference