School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Dr Kirsten MacLeod

Lecturer in Eng Lit, Victorian/Modern



I was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. An Anglophile all my life, I realised my dream of attending school in England when, after finishing high school in Montreal, I did the International Baccaaureate at St Clare's, Oxford. I returned to Canada for university, where I started a BFA in drama at York University (Toronto), before transferring to McGill University to pursue an academic, rather than practical, route in theatre studies. I stayed at McGill for an MA in English Literature and fell into a PhD simply because I was lucky enough to get funding. Unfortunately, the university was in Alberta, which, as a diehard Montrealer, seemed like a hellish place. I made my peace with Alberta, growing rather fond of it in the end, and I had a great PhD experience. I stayed on at Alberta after my PhD, where I had a post-doctoral fellowship funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Not satisfied that my education was yet complete, I undertook an additional Master degree in Library and Information Studies, again at the University of Alberta. FInally, after 13 years in Alberta, this Anglophile returned to her beloved England in 2010 to take up a post at Newcastle. 

Roles and Responsibilities

I am currently serving as Degree Programme Director and Director of Excellence in Learning and Teaching for SELLL.


PhD English, University of Alberta
MLIS, University of Alberta
MA English, McGill University
BA (Drama and Theatre), McGill University

Previous Positions

Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Alberta (2008-2011)


  • Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing
  • Canadian Association for the Study of Book Culture
  • Research Society for Victorian Periodicals
  • Modernist Studies Association
  • British Association for Modernist Studies
  • North American Victorian Studies Association
  • Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada
  • Grolier Club




Research Interests

My research interests include American and British print culture of the long fin-de-siecle (1870-1930). Particular interests include: Aestheticism and Decadence, the relationship between high and popular culture, magazines in literary and cultural history, and collectors and the role of collectors and institutions as shapers and gatekeepers of cultural history. My publications have centred on Decadence, fin-de-siecle writers, and American little magazines of the 1890s.

I welcome applications from research students interested in Aestheticism and Decadence; periodical studies; late-Victorian and Modernist "high" and popular print culture; 19th and early 20th-century transatlantic literary networks; and publishing history.

Current Work

I have just completed  a monograph on American little magazines of the 1890s, which is forthcoming with the University of Toronto Press in its Book and Print Culture series. I am also now working on a monograph on Carl Van Vechten, critic of music, dance, theatre, and literature; novelist; portrait photographer; unofficial literary agent; and patron of the arts. The monograph explores Van Vechten's long overlooked but important role in shaping Modernism in America in the first half of the twentieth century.

Curator's talk for American Little Magazines of the 1890s: A Revolution in Print:


  • Aid to Scholarly Publishing Grant, Canadian Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences (2016)
  • Eccles Eccles Centre Visiting Fellowship in American Studies, British Library (2012)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Standard Research Grant (2008-2012) 
  • Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center Fellowship (2004-2005)
  • SSHRC Post-doctoral Fellowship (2002-2004)


Undergraduate Teaching (2016-2017)

SEL2204 Victorian Passions

Postgraduate Teaching (2016-2017)

SEL8353 Intermedialities