photo- Ilka Kressner- by J MacMillan

Ilka Kressner

Assistant Professor of Hispanic and Italian Studies


Degree/Institution: PhD University of Virginia
Office: HU 239
Fax: (518) 442-4111


Academic Focus

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


Ilka Kressner received her PhD from the University of Virginia (2006) and MA in Comparative Literature (Spanish, French, Musicology, 2002) from the University in Tübingen, Germany. She 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 and film, her research interests include intermediality (relations between text, image, and sound), conceptions of space in the text (encompassing the related topics of vertigo, free fall, and velocity). Her scholarship and teaching examine Spanish American literatures from a variety of cultural and national contexts, often from a comparative perspective.


Recent classes 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