Professor Christine Arkinstall

Licenciada en Filologia Hispanica (Oviedo), NAATI 4 (Translating: Spa), PhD (Auckland)


After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Italian (University of Auckland), Christine obtained her Master's degree from the Universty of Oviedo (Spain, 1985) and her PhD from the University of Auckland (1991). Her field of research encompasses Spanish literature and culture from the 19th century to the present day. She is particularly interested in the construction of national identities and how these are informed by issues relevant to gender and literary genre. She has worked extensively on the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) and the Franco dictatorship (1939-1975), as well as on 19th and 20tt century female writers.

Research | Current

  • Modern Spanish literature and cultural studies (19th and 20th centuries)
  • Constructions of nationhood
  • Gender studies

In my latest book (University of Toronto Press, 2014) I foreground the exceptional contributions made by female freethinking writers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to the beginnings of democracy in Spain. I illuminate the role that these intellectuals played through the substantial body of material that my archival research on female freethinkers and periodicals has unearthed and undertake an analysis of the periodicals that they edited and the literary works that they published.

View Christine Arkinstall's 2010 Inaugural lecture

Professor Christine Arkinstall's Research

Postgraduate supervision

Completed PhD Thesis Supervisions:

2010: Paul Bowker: ‘Locations of Hispanidad: Spanish and Latin American Intersections 1898-1939.’ (Main Supervisor).

2010: Marisol Rodríguez Rodríguez: ‘Galician Female Narrative: Innovation and Feminism (1960s-Present Day)’ (Main Supervisor).

2010: Clara Pallejá-López: ‘Imagery of the House in Horror Fiction Written by Women in English and Spanish since the 1940s.’(Co-Supervisor).

2007: Elena García Torres: ‘La narrativa polifónica de Almudena Grandes y deLucía Etxebarria: Transgresión, subjetividad e industria cultural en la España democrática.’ (Main Supervisor).

2005: Bryony Sinclair: ‘(Hi)stories of Dis/placement in Contemporary Catalan Women’s Writing’ (Main Supervisor).           

2005: Gwyn Fox: ‘Hearts in the Hearth: Seventeenth-Century Women’s Sonnets of Love and Friendship in Spain and Portugal.’ (Co-Supervisor). (University of Auckland Best Doctoral Thesis Prize 2005)

2001: Nicola Gilmour: ‘A “Passing” Interest: Reading Transvestite Narratives, Gender and Metafiction in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Hispanic Writers.’ (University of Auckland Best Doctoral Thesis Prize 2001).

2000: Wendy-Llyn Zaza: ‘Mujer, historia y sociedad: La dramaturgia femenina de la España contemporánea’ (‘Woman, History and Society: Drama Written by Women In Contemporary Spain’). Sole Supervisor.

1999: Sarah Leggott: ‘Reinscribing the Female Historical Subject: Auto/biographical Voices of Contemporary Spanish Women Writers’ (Awarded a University of Auckland Prize for Best Doctoral Thesis 1999). Sole Supervisor.

1997: Faye Davies: ‘Narratives of Otherness: Masculinity and Identity in Contemporary Spanish Literature for Children and Adolescents.’ Sole Supervisor.
PhD Theses Currently Supervised:

Judy Neale:‘Changing the Script: From (the War on) Terror to the Co-development of Spain and the Maghreb.’ (Co-Supervisor).


2002: Awarded Premi Mercè Rodoreda, by Institut d’Estudis Catalans (Institute for Catalan Studies), Barcelona, Spain, 8 April. International prize for best unpublished manuscript in any language on 20th-century Catalan literature.    

2001, 1995: University of Auckland Distinguished Teaching Award.



Semester 2: Spanish Undergraduate Advisor

Areas of expertise

Modern Spanish literature and cultural studies (19th and 20th centuries), constructions of nationhood, gender studies

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Arkinstall, C. (2019). Forging Progressive Futures for Spain’s Women and People: Sofía Tartilán (Palencia 1829-Madrid 1888). In J. Smith (Ed.) Modern Spanish Women as Agents of Change: Essays in Honor of Maryellen Bieder (pp. 55-93). New Brunswick, New Jersey: Bucknell University Press.
  • Arkinstall, C. (2018). A feminist press gains ground in Spain, 1822-1866. A New History of Iberian Feminisms (pp. 111-125).
  • Arkinstall, C. (2018). Forging a nation for the female sex: Equality, natural law, and citizenship in Spanish feminist essays, 1881-1920. A New History of Iberian Feminisms (pp. 147-157).
  • Arkinstall, C. (2017). Challenging pasts, exploring futures: "Race," gender and class in the fin-de-siècle essays of Rosario de Acuña, Concepción Gimeno de Flaquer and Belén Sárraga. In J. Smith, L. Nalbone (Eds.) Intersections of race, class, gender, and nation in fin-de-siècle Spanish literature and culture (pp. 23-44). Abindon, Oxon, UK: Routledge.
  • Arkinstall, C. (2017). Domestic fiction and Cursileria in the Fin-de-Siecle Novellas of Salome Nunez y Topete. Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 94 (2), 225-249. 10.1080/14753820.2016.1148310
  • Arkinstall, C. (2015). War, trauma and the fantastic in Mercé Rodoreda's Quanta, Quanta, Guerra... Catalan Review, 29, 61-78. 10.3828/catr.29.4
  • Arkinstall, C. R. (2014). Spanish Female Writers and the Freethinking Press, 1879-1926. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. Pages: 244. Related URL.
  • Arkinstall, C. R. (2014). An Overlooked Chapter in Spanish Feminist History: Ángeles López de Ayala’s El Gladiador del Librepensamiento (1914-20). Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, 48 (1), 49-74. Related URL.


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Correct Location:
Level 7, Room 206-705
Auckland 1010
New Zealand

Office hours

Semester 1: Mondays 10-11; Thursdays 12-1, or by appointment

Primary office location

ARTS 2 - Bldg 207
Level 4, Room 404
New Zealand

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