Dr GARRALDA ORTEGA María Aránzazu (Arancha)
BA (Hons) in French and Spanish (University of Kent)
MA in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language (University of Antonio de Nebrija)
MA in English (Literary Studies) (CUHK)
PhD in Spanish (University of Kent)

Lecturer (Part-time)
School of Translation and Foreign Languages



Arancha was born in Avilés, Asturias and educated in Spain, UK, Switzerland and HK. She holds a PhD in Spanish literature from the University of Kent (UK), where she also did her Bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish. Arancha also has a Master’s degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language from the University of Antonio de Nebrija (Spain) and a Master′s degree in English (Literary Studies) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She joined HSU in 2019 and is currently coordinating the Spanish language courses at the Hong Kong Baptist University where she teaches a number of credit-bearing courses. Arancha has previously worked as a Spanish language teacher and as a translation/interpretation seminar leader in the UK and Spain. She has also taught language teaching methodology at the University of Guadalajara (Mexico) as well as Spanish at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Research InterestsPublications or Creative WorksConference PresentationsGrants, Awards and Professional Services
TopResearch Interests

Discourse Analysis, Translation and Interpreting, Second Language Acquisition, Language Teaching for Specific Purposes; Culture and Identity, Gender and Representation in Latin America, Cultural Studies, Feminist Critical Theory; Post-Colonialism, African and Latin American Women Writers, Twentieth-Century World Literature.

TopPublications or Creative Works

“El consumismo hecho literatura”. Letralia 187 (May, 2008).

“Apropiación y desestabilización del discurso masculino y legitimación del contra-discurso femenino en Las reinas de Polanco”. Remolinos 35. (December, 2008).

“El lenguaje como forma de subversión en Las reinas de Polanco (1988) de Guadalupe Loaeza.”. Revista de Estudios Sociológicos Nueva época.? Departamento de Cultura Regional (DECUR). Universidad de Guadalajara, Jalisco, México. (April, 2009).

“Análisis comparativo de la representación de las Soldaderas en Campamento (1931) de Gregorio López Fuentes y Tropa vieja (1941) de Francisco L. Urquijo”. Revista de Estudios Sociológicos Nueva época. Departamento de Cultura Regional. Universidad de Guadalajara, Jalisco, México (October 2010).

“The question of time in Virginia Woolf′s Mrs. Dalloway” academia.edu (March, 2016).

TopConference Presentations

“La Otredad en Las reinas de Polanco (1988), Primero las damas (1989) y Compro, luego existo (1992) de Guadalupe Loaeza”. Research Seminar, Department of Regional Cultural Studies (DECUR), University of Guadalajara, Mexico (2008).

Representación de la Otredad sexual femenina en Primero las damas (1989) de Guadalupe Loaeza”. International Congress: “Así hablan y escriben las mujeres”, University of Bern (Switzerland) (2009).

“Discurso, filiación étnica, cultura y racismo. Una lectura de Teun A. Van Dijk”. Seminar of theAcademic Body Language, Culture and Society”. University of Guadalajara, Mexico (2010).

“Otredad y el malinchismo en la relación amor/odio hacia lo extranjero en Compro,luego existo (1992) de Guadalupe Loaeza”. “IX Jornadas Internacionales de la Mujer”. Facultad de Filología, Universidad Complutense (Madrid) (2010).

TopGrants, Awards and Professional Services

Postdoctoral Scholarship (AECID).

Doctoral Studies Scholarship (University of Kent, Hispanic Section).

Faculty of Humanities Award for Academic Achievement (University of Kent).

Rotary Club Award for Academic Achievement (Kent Rotary Club).