Fiona J. Mackintosh

Senior Lecturer and Co-Head of Section for SPLAS (Spanish, Portguese and Latin American Studies)

  • Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
  • Department of European Languages and Cultures
  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

Contact details

Address

Street

Room 3.25
50 George Square

City
Edinburgh
Post code
EH8 9LH

Availability

  • Please note I work PART TIME; my working hours are 9am to 3pm, and I will only respond to emails during those hours.

    My office hours for students are Mondays 10-11 a.m., Thursdays 9.30-10.30 a.m. Outside those times, please email to arrange a meeting.

Background

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 repeatedly been nominated for various EUSA Teaching Awards, including Best Dissertation Supervisor,  Best Overall Teacher,  Supporting Students' Learning, and most recently (2018-19) for Best Personal Tutor and Best Practice in Inclusive Learning and Teaching.

Qualifications

  • MA (Cantab)
  • M Phil (Oxon)
  • PhD (Warwick)

Responsibilities & affiliations

Co-Head of Section with Raquel Ribeiro of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies (SPLAS)

General Editor (Forum Prize) for the Forum for Modern Language Studies (FMLS)

Undergraduate teaching

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

In previous years modules on ‘History and the Writer in Latin America’ and ‘Reality and Fantasy in Latin American Fiction’.

Postgraduate teaching

At Masters level, I teach on the MSc in Comparative Literature, in the option course ‘Fantastic Fiction’ .

Find out more about our MSc in Comparative Literature

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?

Yes

Areas of interest for supervision

I very much enjoy supervising, working with and learning from my PhD students, and take great pride in their many and various achievements!

 

Possible topics on which I would be happy to supervise:

  • Latin American women’s writing

Women and the canon; redefining the fantastic; fiction and feminism; the gendered self; silence and the ineffable; the poetic persona.

  • 20th-century and contemporary Latin American novel and short story

Music and visual art in literary texts; literature and the guerra sucia in Argentina; the fantastic; crime fiction.

  • Transatlantic literary exchange

Cultural relations between Argentina and Europe, particularly France; travel writing on and from Latin America; the Scottish presence in Latin American literature.

  • Literary translation

Translation from Spanish to English; translation of metrical poetry; gender in translation.

 

Authors on whose writing I would be very happy to supervise PhD research (in no particular order): Vlady Kociancich, Liliana Heker, Carmen Boullosa, María Luisa Bombal, Elena Poniatowska, Luisa Valenzuela, Alfonsina Storni, Gabriela Mistral, Elvira Hernández, Alicia Genovese, Alejandra Pizarnik, Olga Orozco, Silvina Ocampo, Josefina Plá, Rosario Castellanos, María Negroni, Alicia Borinsky, Claudia Piñeiro, Laura Restrepo, Mario Vargas Llosa, Alejo Carpentier, Julio Cortázar, Jorge Luis Borges, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Claudia Piñeiro, Guillermo Martínez, Martín Kohan, Samantha Schweblin, Carlos Gamerro, Gabriela Cabezón Cámara, Ariana Harwicz, Martín Kohan, Inés Arteta.

Current PhD students supervised

Kate Dunn - ‘Poetry as testimonio: Writing Human Rights in Alicia Partnoy’ (1st supervisor; Current part-time PhD student 2012-)

Luyue Wang - 'East Asian Culture and Visual Representation in José Juan Tablada's Poetry'. (Joint supervisor; Current PhD student 2016-).

Rolando Bompadre - 'The Novels of Carlos Gamerro'. (Lead supervisor; Current part-time PhD student 2016-).

Rosa Ross - 'Framing Collective Identities: A comparative study of dystopic and utopic imaginings of female solidarity in contemporary speculative fiction by women writers '. [Gioconda Belli, Naomi Alderman and Jacqueline Harpman] (Lead supervisor; Current PhD student 2017-).

Past PhD students supervised

Inés Ferrero Candenas – ‘Gendering the Marvelous: Strategies of Response in Remedios Varo, Elena Garro and Carmen Boullosa’ (1st supervisor; PhD awarded 2007). Inés has a permanent academic post in the Departamento de Letras Hispánicas, Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico.

Carolina Orloff – ‘The Representation of the Political Element and its Evolution in Julio Cortázar’s Longer Fiction’ (1st supervisor; PhD awarded 2010). Carolina has her own independent Press, Charco Press, specializing in contemporary Latin American fiction in translation.

Clara Martínez Nistal – ‘The Translator’s Imposture: History and Fiction in Sciascia and Borges’. (Joint supervisor; PhD awarded 2017).

María José Barros Cruz – ‘Hablar por la herida: la comunidad nacional en la poesía chilena (1949-2013)’ (Pablo de Rokha; Raúl Zurita; José Ángel Cuevas; Bernardo Colipán) (Visiting PhD Student 2014-15) . Following successful completion of her PhD, María José has a funded postdoc project “Artistas y activistas del siglo XXI: Retóricas de la resistencia y genealogías descolonizadoras en Cecilia Vicuña, Ana Tijoux y Camila Huenchumil."

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 and semester 2, Spring 2017). Natasha presented her translations of Alicia Borinsky's poetry collection 'La mujer de mi marido' / 'My husband's woman' (Literal Publishing, 2016) at Edinburgh in May 2017.

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). Juliana received her PhD cum laude in May 2019 and is currently undertaking a second PhD at Harvard University.

Julia Utiger - Literature's engagement with xenophobia: a comparative study of novels by/about second generation migrants in Spain, UK and Switzerland. (Visiting PhD student Jan-Aug 2018 from University of Zurich).

Patricio Rodríguez - 'La obra poética de Elvira Hernández, producida entre 1981 y 2016'. (Visiting PhD student April - September 2018 from Universidad de Chile). 

Bárbara Fernández Melleda - Chilean women’s poetry, ‘Neo-Liberalism and its Discontents: Three Decades of Chilean Poetry’ (Elvira Hernández; Carmen Berenguer; Alejandra del Río; Marina Arrate; Nadia Prado; Malú Urriola) (1st supervisor; PhD awarded January 2019). Having done a one year Teaching Fellowship in SPLAS at Edinburgh, Bárbara has a Tenure Track Assistant Professorship in Latin American Studies at the University of Hong Kong.

Alice Kilpatrick - 'Approaches to Subtitling Multilingual Films Set in Catalonia' (2nd supervisor;  PhD awarded April 2020).

Elaine Newton-Bruzza - 'La Mina del Tango: Gendering Discourse in Tango Lyrics'. (2nd supervisor; PhD awarded July 2020).

Research summary

Fiona's general research interests are in 20th-century and contemporary Latin American literature (prose and poetry), particularly of the Southern Cone. She focuses on women’s writing, but also has interests in comparative literature and is an active literary translator.

Current research interests

Fiona is currently working on an article on bestsellers, and a monograph on the novels and short stories of Claudia Piñeiro.

Past research interests

Fiona has published extensively on the Argentinian poets Alejandra Pizarnik and Silvina Ocampo. She has also written articles or book chapters on Mario Vargas Llosa, Guillermo Martínez, Adolfo Bioy Casares and Alicia Kozameh.

View all 28 publications on Research Explorer

Fiona's joint translation with Iona Macintyre of 'The Adventures of China Iron' (Edinburgh: Charco Press, 2019), a novel by contemporary Argentinian writer Gabriela Cabezón Cámara, has been shortlisted for the International Booker Prize, and will be discussed at this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival online.