Hildegard Keller

Hildegard Keller

Professor of Germanic Studies

Germanic Studies

  • hekeller@indiana.edu
IU Bloomington

Full Biography

German literature, especially from the beginnings up to 1700 - mysticism in the Middle Ages and early modernity - medical history - historiography of the theatre - performative approaches to medieval literature 

Hildegard Elisabeth Keller is a literary critic and author, who teaches German literature at Indiana University in Bloomington IN and at the University of Zurich. 

Born in St. Gall (Switzerland) and raised in the eastern part of Switzerland (Wil and the Toggenburg). She studied German and Spanish Literature and Linguistics as well as Sociology at the Universities of Basel and Zürich. Ph.D. 1992, Habilitation 2000. Assistant Professor at the University of Zürich 2001-2007. Since 2008 she has been Full Professor for German Literature in the Germanic Department at Indiana University, Bloomington ⁄ USA and a Titularprofessorin [Honorary Professor] at the University of Zürich. 

Since 2009 she has been a jury member at the Days for German Literature at Klagenfurt (Austrian Television, 3sat), and since 2012 a member of the team of critics for the Literaturclub of the Swiss TV channel SRF. Multimedia approaches to and animation of literature are crucial to her. She has produced theatrical readings, plays, audio media and the documentary film, Whatever Comes Next (2014). At present, after publishing a German translation of prose writings of the Argentinian author with Swiss roots, Alfonsina Storni (Alfonsina StorniMeine Seele hat kein Geschlecht. Zürich 2013), she is preparing a biography about her.