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 2017-2018

Term I

CULT 210 & ENGL 215 Reading Screens Tuesday and Thursday 11-12:20 p.m. Room EME 2181.

Introduction to film and other screen-based media as narrative, with a focus on both formal and ideological elements. Today the combination of moving images with sound as narrative are variably reflected in categories like film, cinema, movies, television, and more broadly as “screen” culture. These flickering images whether reflected on a big screen in a theatre or on a “smart” phone are not only a source for aesthetic appreciation but operate as mass and micro forms of entertainment that arguably shapes the collective imagination. Toward the goal of analysing the wide cultural role played by “film,” students will be acquainted with both the production and reception of film.

The first five weeks of the course introduce the early history of film and the technical terms necessary to critically discuss the construction of synchronized sound and images. The second half of the course explores the critical discourse on film in relation to genres and screen theories that articulate with issues like race, gender, sexuality, class, and nation. This section will focus on producing critical “readings” of films as your own form of cultural production.

CULT 315 & ENGL 376 Television Studies Tuesday and Thursday 2-3:3:20 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
Vancouver based non-profit organization. Training and support for producing TV content is provided by UBCOTV


Spring Semester Term II

On Study Leave

Recent Publications

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. Forthcoming. 2015. 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 in the Okanagan, British Columbia.” Home Cultures: The Journal 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.


Review of Real Talk: Reality Television and Discourse Analysis in Action by Lorenzo-Dus, Nuria and Pilar Garcės-Conejos Blitvich (eds). Discourse & Society. Volume 29, issue 1. (January 2018). In press.

“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 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 2.0” review 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).

“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).

“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).

“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)


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