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Lydia Gil Keff

Lydia Gil KeffLydia Gil Keff
Teaching Professor of Spanish
Sturm Hall, Room 317
Phone: 303-871-7844



  • PhD, Spanish, University of Texas at Austin
  • MA, Comparative Literature, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • MA, Spanish, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • BA, French and West European Area Studies (minor in History), American University


Lydia is a Teaching Professor of Spanish in the Department of Languages and Literatures and associated faculty of the Center for Judaic Studies and the DU Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship at the University of Denver. Her area of research is Jewish literature of Latin America, with recent scholarship focusing on the memorialization of atrocity in the Southern Cone, and the implications of memory, trauma, and cultural politics for literary testimony.

She teaches the interterm course "Spaces of Memory: Texts and Contexts of Argentina's Dirty War" in Buenos Aires on a biennial basis. In addition to academic writing, she has written two bilingual books for children and is currently exploring issues of ethnic and national identity through literary memoir and the personal essay.


  • Jewish literature of Latin America
  • Literary testimony and memorialization of atrocity in the Southern Cone
  • Autobiographical fiction of Latinos in the United States


"Primera lección de patriotismo" BorderSenses, Vol. 17, (2011): 112

"A Voice to the Scream: Writing the Shoah in Mauricio Rosencof's The Letters that Never Came," Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, 42.1, (2009): 43-54

"A Balancing Act: Latin American Jewish Literature in the U.S.," in Companion to U.S. Latino Literature, Carlota Caulfield and Darien Davis, Eds. (Suffolk, UK: Boydell & Brewer, 2007): 177-190

La parranda de Mimí / Mimí's Parranda (children's book). Houston: Arte Público, 2007; Denver: LoritoBooks, 2008 (audiobook)