photo- Ilka Kressner- by J MacMillan

Ilka Kressner

Associate Professor of Hispanic and Italian Studies


Degree/Institution: PhD University of Virginia
Office: HU 239


Academic Focus

Spanish American literature (20th to beginning 21st century), intermediality, performance and comparative studies of theater and film, conceptions of space in art, ecocriticism


Ilka Kressner joined the department in the fall of 2006 as a Visiting Assistant Professor, and in the fall of 2009 as an Assistant Professor.
Focusing on 20th century to contemporary Spanish American literature, film and photography, her research interests include intermediality (relations between text, image, and sound), conceptions of space in art (encompassing the related topics of vertigo, free fall, and velocity) and most recently ecocritical studies. Her scholarship and teaching examine Spanish American literatures 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 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:

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)
Spanish American Poetry and Theater (ASPN 326)
Literature and Human Rights (ASPN 446)
Literatures of the Hispanic Caribbean (ASPN 414)

Research and Publications - here


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