Daniel Keyes

Associate Professor

English and Cultural Studies
Other Titles: English and Cultural Studies
Office: CCS 344
Phone: 250.807.9320
Email: daniel.keyes@ubc.ca
Supervision: I am currently accepting graduate supervision requests

Research Summary

Screen studies, performance, whiteness and invader-settler identity in the Okanagan and British Columbia


ENGL 151 Critical Studies in Literature; CULT 101 Cultural Studies Practices; CULT 210 & ENGL 215 Reading Screens; CULT 300 & ENGL 376 Documentary and Docudrama; CULT 305 & ENGL 377 English-Canadian Screen Culture; CULT 315 & ENGL 376 Television Studies


Dr. Keyes served as the founding chair of UBC Okanagan’s Cultural Studies program from 2007-2010 and again from 2015-2018. He has also served as the interim Director of Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies program (2009-2011).  His doctoral research focused on how testimonial performance inflected itself in 1990s daytime talkshow on American and Canadian television. While he continues to work on the burgeoning area of media studies, his research focus on place studies with a focus on the Okanagan as occupied settler space

Much of Dr. Keyes teaching focuses on the analysis of visual culture. In most of his courses, he offers students choices in assignments that blend creative and critical approaches that aims to have students grasp and appreciate complexity.


B.A. (Hons), Trent University; M.A. English, York University; Ph.D. English, York University



“Green and White Space Invaders: New Urbanism in the Okanagan, British Columbia.” Home Cultures: The Journal of Architecture, Design and Domestic, vol. 21, no. 1, 2015, pp. 83-110.

“Whites Singing “Indian” in British Columbia in the 1950s”. THEATRE RESEARCH IN CANADA-RECHERCHES THEATRALES AU CANADA, vol. 31, no. 1, 2011. pp. 30 – 63.

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. Edited by Paula Farca, TrueHeart Press, 2015. pp. 145-160.

The Big Lebowski: The Gulf War and Mediated Memory.” Lebowski 101: Limber-minded Investigations into the Greatest Story Ever Blathered. Edited by Oliver Benjamin, Abide, 2014, pp.75-84.

“The Television Screen as Literature”. From Text to Txting [sic]: New Media in the Classroom. Edited by Paul Budra and Clint Burnham. Indiana, 2012, pp. 69-96.

“South Park: Saddam and Canada”. The Deep End of South Park: Critical Essays on Television’s Shocking Cartoon Series. Edited by Leslie Stratyner, and James, R. Keller. McFarland, 2009. pp. 139-156.

Professional Services/Affiliations/Committees

Associate with Centre for Culture, Identity & Education, UBC Vancouver.


Review of Real Talk: Reality Television and Discourse Analysis in Action by Lorenzo-Dus, Nuria and Pilar Garcės-Conejos Blitvich (eds). Discourse & Society, vol. 29, no. 1, 19 January 2018, pp. 111-113.

Review of Digital Humanities: Knowledge and Critique in a Digital Age by David M. Berry and Anders Fagerjord. PsycCRITIQUES, vol. 62, no. 50, article 16. (18 December 2017).

“Joy: Neoliberal Phallic Fantasies in the Postfeminist Biopic.” Review of Joy (2015) by David O. Russell (Director). PsycCRITIQUES, vol. 61, no. 51, article 3. (19 December 2016).

“Post, Mine, and Be Disturbed: Social Media Data Mining.” Review of Post, Mine, Repeat: Social Media Data Mining Becomes Ordinary by Helen Kennedy. PsycCRITIQUES, vol. 61, no. 51, article 3. (19 December 2016).

“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, edited by Luke Hockley and Nadi Fadina, PsycCRITIQUES, vol. 61, no. 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, edited by Agnieszka Piotrowska. PsycCRITIQUES 60.33, article 3 (17 August 2015).

“Bromance: The Bachelor Machine Version 2.0” review of Reading the Bromance: Homosocial Relationships in Film and Television, edited by Michael DeAngelis, vol. 60, no. 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. PsycCRITIQUES vol. 59, no. 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, PsycCRITIQUES, no. 59, vol. 19, article 7 (12 May 2014.)

“Screening American Millennial Masculinities,” review of Millennial Masculinity: Men in Contemporary American Cinema, edited by Timothy Shary, PsycCRITIQUES, vol. 58, no. 34. article 6 (21 August 2013).


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