Daniel Keyes Daniel Keyes

Dr. Daniel Keyes
Cultural Studies Program Coordinator

Associate Professor, English
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
The University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus
CCS 344, 1148 University Way
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7

T: 250.807.9320
F: 250.807.8543

E: daniel.keyes@ubc.ca

I teach English literature and Cultural Studies with an emphasis on media studies at both the graduate and undergraduate level. I served as the founding chair of the Cultural Studies program from 2007-2010,and served as the interim Director of Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies program (2009-2011).  In July 2015, I will once again serve as the chair of the Culture Studies program. I currently serve on UBC Okanagan Senate where I chair three committees.  Additionally, I am an associate of the UBC Centre for Culture, Identity and Education (CCIE) located at the Point Grey campus.

My research reflects an interest in media and performance and is informed by my dissertation on the performance of testimonials on daytime talk shows in the mid-1990s. More recently my research focuses on a) the problematic expressions of cultural nationalism in 1950 and 1960s theatre production throughout British Columbia and b) contemporary articulations of whiteness.


Postcolonial Imaginaries
Media and Digital Cultures
Television, Film and Web 2.0 Studies; Media Pedagogy and Ethnography
Anglo-Canadian Nationalism


Courses Winter 2016-2017

Term I

ENGL 151:002 Monday and Wednesday 3:30-5 pm in Arts 365.

This specific version of the course introduces students to academic forms of literary criticism with a focus on the monster in literature. The course surveys supernatural and natural monsters in literature with attention to how the potent category of monster can carry many different conflicted meanings as it comes up against the definition of being human. We will read the monster through a number of critical lens that includes formalism, myth, sociology, feminism, queer studies, post colonialism, and eco criticism.  

Tentative Reading List from the bookstore:
Burns, Charles. Black Hole. Singapore, Hong Kong: Pantheon and Colophon, 2005. Print. ISBN978-0-375-71472-6.

Chariandy, David. Soucouyant. Vancouver, BC: Arsenal Pulp Press. 2007. Print. ISBN 978-1-55152-226-5. One more novel and other shorter works like poem, plays, etc. will be included,

ENGL 493 & CULT 400 and IGS ENGL 523 and IGSW 530:001    Thursday 12:30 a.m.- 3:20 p.m., Room Arts 104

The course is informed by Michelle Foucault’s "Discipline and Punish". We will link Foucault’s discursive analysis of the modern prison systems to a study of Anglo Canadian nationality from post-World War II to today, in order to explore how difference as deviance operates and is regulated by cultural national institutions and how cultural others defy and resist these discursive frameworks.

The course examines how Canadian cultural nationalism after the Second World War is shaped by elite state sponsored institutions like the CRTC, CBC, NFB, and Canada Council that work with and against the global hegemony of transnational media, and by local and provincial forms of heritage. It will necessarily trace the influence of American and British colonialism on the construction of Canadian and British Columbian identity as a series of "not that" statements that regulate identity within a discourse that tends to erase the legacy of the settler/colonialist. This historical reading of cultural nationalism will examine primarily Western Canadian film, theatre, pageants, popular histories, and the federal “elitist" institutions used to shape culture and identity. It will examine issues of whiteness, regionalism, assimilation, race, ethnicity, gender, and official multiculturalism. The course aims to give students the opportunity to generate research that challenges the ongoing narrative of colonization that persists in Canadian nationalism and regional identities in the Okanagan.

Term II

CULT 101:  Cultural Studies Practices Monday and Wednesday 12:30-2 p.m. in SCI 337.

Key concepts and methods across the history of cultural studies including analysis of consumer society, identity, space, and memory. [3-0-0]

CULT 315 & ENGL 376 Television Studies Tuesday and Thursday 12:30-2 p.m. Room Arts 110.

The medium of television from a global perspective, and the investigation of how genres in different television broadcast regimes shape content and reception. This course involve a collaborative assignment where students produce television content for a local non-profit organization. Training and support for producing TV content is provided by UBCOTV.

 Recent Publications

Fubar II: Just Give’r Again and the Limits of White Privilege in the Oil/Tar Sands. Energy in Literature: Essays on Energy and Its Social and Environmental Implications in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literary Texts. Ed. Paula Farca. Oxford: TrueHeart Press. Forthcoming Spring 2015. http://www.trueheartpress.co.uk/content/coming-soon-energy-literature

“Liquefying the Lecture Hall: Integrating Personal Electronic Devices” conference proceedings for INTED (International Technology, Education, and Development Conference) 2012 sponsored by IATED (International Association of Technology, Education and Development). Valencia, Spain 6 March 2012. 1832-1839 http://library.iated.org/view/KEYES2012LIQ

Book Chapters

Fubar II: Just Give’r Again and the Limits of White Privilege in the Oil/Tar Sands. Energy in Literature: Essays on Energy and Its Social and Environmental Implications in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literary Texts. Ed. Paula Farca. Oxford: TrueHeart Press. 2015. 145-160. http://www.trueheartpress.co.uk/content/coming-soon-energy-literature

The Big Lebowski: The Gulf War and Mediated Memory.” Lebowski 101: Limber-minded Investigations into the Greatest Story Ever Blathered. Ed. Oliver Benjamin. San Bernardino, CA: Abide UP. 2014. Print.75-84. [note: revised reprint of journal article for non-peer reviewed book; Abide University is not an accredited university press, but a parody thereof]

“Chapter 4 - Television: "The Extra Literary Device." From Text to Txting: New Media in the Classroom. Eds. Paul Budra and Clint Burnham. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana UP, 2012.

"South Park: Saddam and Canada". Taking South Park Seriously: Critical Essays on Television's Shocking Cartoon Series. Ed. Leslie Stratyner, James, and R. Keller. New York: McFarland & Company, 2009.

Journal Articles

“Green and White Space Invaders: New Urbanism inthe Okanagan, British Columbia.” Home Cultures: TheJournal of Architecture, Design and Domestic 21.1 (March 2015):83-110.

"Whites Singing "Indian" in British Columbia in the 1950s". THEATRE RESEARCH IN CANADA-RECHERCHES THEATRALES AU CANADA. 31.1 (Spring 2011): 30 - 63.

"The Big Lebowski: The Gulf War and Masculinity". EnterText. 6.2 (September 2008).


“Once Upon a Jungian: Reading Film and Television Narratives as Quests for Happiness.” Review of The Happiness Illusion: How the Media Sold Us a Fairytale by Luke Hockley and Nadi Fadina (Eds.). New York, NY: Routledge, 2015. PsycCRITIQUES 61:10, article 2 (7 March 2016).

“Film Studies: Taking Freud to the Death Drive-In.” review of Embodied Encounters: New Approaches to Psychoanalysis and Cinema by Agnieszka Piotrowska (Ed.). New York, NY: Routledge, 2015. PsycCRITIQUES 60.33, article 3 (17 August 2015).

“Bromance: The Bachelor Machine Version 2.0review of Reading the Bromance: Homosocial Relationships in Film and Television by Michael DeAngelis (Ed.). Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 2014. 60.14. article 5 (6 April 2015).

“Film Studies: Psychological Orthodoxies and the Unconscious Viewer” Review of Visible Mind: Movies, Modernity and the Unconscious by Christopher Hauke. New York, NY: Routledge/Taylor (2014) PsycCRITIQUES 59.32. article 8 (11 August 2014)..

“Read This Review and Earn Easy Cash!”  review of Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet by Finn Brunton, Boston: MIT press (2014) PsycCRITIQUES 59.19. article 7  (12 May 2014.)

 “Screening American Millennial Masculinities.” Review of Millennial Masculinity: Men in Contemporary American Cinema by Timothy Shary (Ed.) Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 2013 for for PsycCRITIQUES . 58.34. article 6 (21 August 2013) Web.

“Video Pedagogy: Cross-Marking Intercultural Education” review of Ethnocinema: Intercultural Arts Education by Anne M. Harris Dortrecht, NL: Springer Science + Business Media B.V., 2012 for PsycCRITIQUES. 57.50. article 15 (19 December 2012) Web..

“A Billion Wicked Searches by Elmer Fudds and Ms. Marples” review of A Billion Wicked Thoughts: What the World’s Largest Experiment Reveals About Human Desire by Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam. New York: Dutton, 2011 for PsycCRITIQUES. 57.1 article 9 (2 May 2012). Web.

“Transhumanism: Humanity Plus or Minus?” A Review of The Techno-Human Condition by Braden R. Allenby, and Daniel Sarewitz. 192 pages. MIT Press, 2011. PsycCRITIQUES. 57.7 article 2 (15 February 2012) Web.

Sucker Punch: PostFeminist Hollywood Vixens” . Review of Sucker Punch (2011) dir. Zack Synder. PsycCritiques: Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Book. Accepted.

"Film Criticism: The Jung and the Wild". APA. 7 July 2010. Review of: Wild/Lives: Trickster, Place and Liminality on Screen by Terrie Waddell. 2010. 186 pages. PsycCritiques: Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books. 55.27 (7 July 2010).

"Film Theory: The Post-Jungian Legacy?". Washington, DC. March 18 2010. Review of: Post-Jungian Approaches to Film Theory by Greg Singh. Routledge. PsycCritiques. 55.11 (March 18 2010).

"Post-Jungian/Auteur Studies: Tim Burton’s Oeuvre". American Psychological Association. Washington, DC. 13 October 2010. Review of: Tim Burton: The Monster and the Crowd: A Post-Jungian Perspective by Helena Bassil-Morozow. Routledge. 2010. 200 pages. PsycCritiqes Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books. 55.41, Article 7 (13 October 2010).

Whitty, Monica T. and Adam N. Joinson. "E-Felicity: Trust on the Internet ". APA. Washington. 29 April 2009. Review of: Truth, Lies and Trust on the Internet. 2009. 176 pages. PsycCritiques Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books. 54.17 (29 April 2009).

Chaplin, Tamara. "Review of Turning on the Mind: French Philosophers on Television between the Screen and the Audience". Fall 2009. Review of: Turning on the mind: French philosophers on Television . U of Chicago P. 2007. 334 pages. Global Media Journal. 4.2 (Fall 2009): pp. 25 - 26.

"“Between the Screen and the Audience: The Phenomenological Turn". APA. Washington. 19 Feb. 2009. Review of: Understanding the Media Users: From Theory to Practice by Tony Wilson. 2009. 219 pages. Psych-Critiques: Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books. 54.7 (19 Feb. 2009).

"Review of Winning the War of Words: Selling the War on Terror from Afghanistan to Iraq". Spring 2008. Review of: Winning the War of Words: Selling the War on Terror from Afghanistan to Iraq by Wojtek Mackiewicz Wolfe. 2008. 200 pages. Global Media Journal. 3.2 (Spring 2008): pp. 30 - 31.

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