Dr Kirstine Moffat

Kirstine Moffat

Associate Professor (English)

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

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.

Papers Taught

Recent Publications

  • Moffat, K., & May, M. (2021). ‘Death from all sides’: spectacle, morality, and trauma in Suzanne Collins’ the Hunger Games trilogy. Mortality, 26(4), 439-455. doi:10.1080/13576275.2021.1987664

  • Moffat, K. (2020). Teaching with Heart: The Importance of Humanity in a Digital Age. In LearnFest20, The University of Waikato Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato, Hamilton. new Zealand.

  • Moffat, K., Anderson-O’Connor, A. J., & Simes, D. (2020). Aotearoa New Zealand. Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 55(4), 488-504. doi:10.1177/0021989420962761

  • Moffat, K. (2019). ‘The only place of amusement where a happy evening may be spent’: The Lydia Howarde Troupe. In NZHA Conference. Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

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