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 Storni: Meine Seele hat kein Geschlecht. Zürich 2013), she is preparing a biography about her.


Her publications are presented here and listed here.

Portraits and Interviews

WOZ (Noëmi Landolt), 4 January, 2007
Zürcher Landzeitung (Dominique Marty), 21 February, 2008
unimagazin (Katja Rauch). September 2008
Argentinisches Tageblatt. 9 January, 2010
St.Galler Tagblatt (Brigitte Schmid-Gugler), 3 May, 2012
Kulturtipp (Rolf Hürzeler), December, 2012
Literarischer Monat (mit Michael Wiederstein), January, 2013.
Ostschweiz am Sonntag (Odilia Hiller und David Scarano), June 22, 2014
Tages-Anzeiger (Mirjam Fuchs), September 20, 2014


Musik für einen Gast. With Angelika Schett, 14 August, 2011
Persönlich. With Daniel Hitzig and Bruno Zweifel, 1st January, 2012

Fotos to download

Foto 1, Foto: David Scarano
Foto 2, Foto: Thomas Züger, SRF
Foto 3, Foto: Thomas Züger, SRF
Foto 4, Foto: Doris Fanconi
Foto 5, Copyright St. Galler Tagblatt. Foto: Ralph Ribi