Ilka Kressner

Assistant Professor
Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Ilka KressnerHumanities 239
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Ph.D. University of Virginia


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

Focusing on 20th century to contemporary Spanish American literature and film, Professor Kressner's research interests include intermediality (relations between text, image, and sound) and conceptions of space in literature (encompassing the related topics of repression and claustrophobia, vertigo, free fall, and velocity). Her scholarship and teaching examine Spanish American literatures and art from a variety of cultural and national contexts, often from a comparative perspective. Her articles have appeared in the Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Iberoamericana, Hispanic Journal, Revista Chilena de Literatura, MELUS and Hispanófila. Her monograph Sites of Disquiet: The Non-Space in Spanish American Short Narratives and their Cinematic Transformations was published with Purdue UP (2013).