Hildegard Elisabeth Keller lives at Bloomington, IN, and Zürich and works as a free author and a professor for literature.


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; since 2007 she has also taught as Titularprofessorin [Honorary Professor] at the University of Zürich.
Multimedia approaches to and animation of literature are crucial to her. Since 1993 she has been producing theatrical readings along with actors, musicians as well as undergraduates and graduate students. Since 2005 she has produced and co-produced several audio media (audio books, audio guides, listening stations), in 2010 a radio-feature about Alfonsina Storni (1892-1938) and since 2011 films.
Since 2009 she has been a jury member at the Days for German Literature at Klagenfurt (Austrian Television, 3sat), since 2012 a member in the team of critics of the Literaturclub of the Swiss TV SRF. Currently, after publishing a German translation of prose writings of the Argentinian author Alfonsina Storni (Alfonsina Storni: Meine Seele hat kein Geschlecht. Zürich 2013) she is preparing a biography about her.

Portrait in the St.Galler Tagblatt (Brigitte Schmid-Gugler), 05/03/2012


Musik für einen Gast, Summer 2011