Dr Kirstine Moffat

Associate Dean Graduate and Postgraduate (FASS), Senior Lecturer (English)

Qualifications: BA, MA Waikato, PhD Victoria University of Wellington

School of Arts


About Kirstine

Kirstine was born in Scotland and arrived in New Zealand at the age of 7. She was educated at the University of Waikato and Victoria University of Wellington. To date her publications have drawn on her doctoral research, focusing primarily on New Zealand settlement and provincial writing and the way in which this writing helps to broaden understanding of New Zealand social history and culture A developing research area is nineteenth and early twentieth century feminist writing, in particular the motif of music and what it conveys about femininity. She is currently engaged in research examining the cultural significance of the piano in nineteenth century New Zealand. Kirstine is a co-editor of the Journal of New Zealand Literature.


New Zealand literature; New Zealand cultural history; 19th and 20th century feminist writing.

Research Interests

Recent Publications

  • Moffat, K., & Sheridan, B. (2016). New Zealand: Compiled and introduced by Kirstine Moffat and Brendan Sheridan. Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 51(4), 631-643. doi:10.1177/0021989416671852

  • Moffat, K., & McKim, A. (2016). Transforming conceptual space into a creative learning place: Crossing a threshold. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 15(3-4), 414-431. doi:10.1177/1474022215572915

  • Moffat, K. (2016). The Novel in English in Australasia to 1950. In R. Crane, J. Stafford, & M. Williams (Eds.), The Oxford History of the Novel in English The World Novel in English to 1950 (Vol. 9, pp. 160-181). United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

  • Moffat, K. (2016). Something Rich and Strange [Review of The Chimes by Anna Smaill]. Landfall, 231, 177-179.

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Papers Taught


Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Moffat, Dr Kirstine 9191 kirstine I.3.24 English Programme