Alison Atkins

Alison AtkinsAlison Atkins

Ph.D., Spanish Literature, University of Virginia
Visiting Assistant Professor

Office: Greene Hall 531
Phone: (336) 758-2163


Alison Atkins received her MA and PhD from the University of Virginia and her BA from Wake Forest. Her research focuses on 20th century Spanish literary and cultural production, with an emphasis on the role of gastronomic rhetoric in the construction of regional and national identities in Post-Transition Spain. Her dissertation, “Authorship at the fogones: Gastronomy and the Artist in Post-Transition Spain,” analyzes the tension between everyday and stylized food practices in Spanish novels and cookbooks of the 1980s and 1990s in order to explore how these texts engage with questions of authorship and artistic creation. She has taught a wide range of language, composition, and literature courses at the University of Virginia and Boston University and has also led programs through the Cultural Kitchen Youth Outreach Program in Boston. She is currently working on an article on the representation of food practices in Almudena Grandes’ Malena es un nombre de tango.