Fiona Mackintosh


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PhD projects

Spanish American Women's Writing; 20th and 21st century Argentinian novels and poetry; Transatlantic literary exchange.

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Dr Fiona J. Mackintosh is a Senior Lecturer in Latin American Literature. She arrived at the University of Edinburgh in 2002, having previously taught at Queen’s University, Belfast.

Fiona’s academic career began after graduating from the University of Cambridge in 1992 with an honours degree in Music and Modern Languages (Spanish and French). She received her MPhil in Modern Spanish American and French Literature at Oxford, and her PhD in Comparative Literature was awarded by the University of Warwick in 2000.

Fiona holds a Higher Education teaching certificate from Queen’s and has been nominated for various EUSA Teaching Awards, including Best Dissertation Supervisor, Best Personal Tutor, Best Overall Teacher, and for the Supporting Students' Learning award.

Research Interests

Fiona's general research interests are in 20th and 21st-century Latin American literature (prose and poetry), particularly of the Southern Cone. She also works on women’s writing, literary translation and comparative literature.


Fiona very much enjoys supervising, working with and learning from her PhD students.

Recent and current PhD students:

Inés Ferrero Candenas – 'Gendering the Marvelous: Strategies of Response in Remedios Varo, Elena Garro and Carmen Boullosa' (PhD awarded 2007)

Carolina Orloff – 'The Representation of the Political Element and its Evolution in Julio Cortázar’s Longer Fiction' (PhD awarded 2010)

Kate Dunn - 'Poetry as testimonio: Writing Human Rights in Alicia Partnoy' (Current PhD student 2012-)

Alice Kilpatrick - 'Language Variation in the Translation of Bilingual and Multilingual Films' (current PhD student 2013-)

Bábara Fernández Melleda - 'Chilean women's poetry, 'Writing in Conflict since the Coup: An Analysis of Three Decades under Neo-Liberalism'. On poetry by Elvira Hernández, Carmen Berenguer, Alejandra del Río, Marina Arrate, Nadia Prado and Malú Urriola. (Current PhD student 2014-)

Clara Martínez Nistal - 'The Translator's Imposture: History and Fiction in Sciascia and Borges'. (Current PhD Student 2014-)

María José Barros Cruz - 'Hablar por la herida: la comunidad nacional en la poesía chilena (1949-2013)'. On poetry by Pablo de Rokha, Raúl Zurita, José Ángel Cuevas and Bernardo Colipán. (Visiting PhD Student 2014-15)

Natasha Hakimi - 'El cuerpo exiliado: poesía argentina escrita por mujeres en EEUU', Alicia Borinsky, Gladys Ilarregui, Zulema Moret, María Negroni, Alicia Partnoy, Mercedes Roffe, y Lila Zemborain (Visiting PhD student from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, semester 1 Autumn 2015)

Juliana Nalerio - 'Literary violence in North and South American Literature: Representations of political, systemic, and symbolic violence in Roberto Bolaño, Diamela Eltit, and Miguel Angel Asturias' (Visiting PhD student from University of Valladolid, semester 1, Autumn 2015 and semester 1, Autumn 2016)


Current 4th year undergraduate option courses on ‘Spanish American Women’s Writing’ and ‘Reading Latin American Poetry’.

In previous years option courses on 'History and the Writer in Latin America' and 'Reality and Fantasy in Latin American Fiction'.

At Masters level, co-teaching on the option 'Fantastic Fiction' available within the Comparative Literature programme.

In previous years, co-taught 'Borges and Calvino' and 'The Hispanic Transatlantic and Francophone Caribbean'.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Warwick

Award Date: 1 Jan 2000

Master of Philosophy (MPhil), University of Oxford

Award Date: 1 Jan 1995

Bachelor of Arts, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jan 1992


  • PQ Romance literatures
  • Latin America
  • Literature
  • Argentina
  • Women's writing
  • Literary translation
  • Poetry
  • Prose


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