Dr Kirsten MacLeod
Lecturer in Eng Lit, Victorian/Modern
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7118
- Personal Website: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/elll/staff/profile/kirsten.macleod
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
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
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.
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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9wjkn_KdGE
- 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)
- MacLeod K. "The Queerness of Being 1890 in 1922: Carl Van Vechten and the New Decadence.". In: Hext,K; Murray,A, ed. Decadence in the Age of Modernism. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018. Submitted.
- MacLeod K. The Blind Bow-Boy, by Carl Van Vechten. 2018. London: MHRA. In Preparation.
- MacLeod K. American Little Magazines of the fin de siècle: Art, Protest, and Cultural Transformation. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017. In Press.
- MacLeod K. “Decadence and Institutions of Modernism in the American Literary Field of the 1910s and 1920s.”. In: Guy,J, ed. Edinburgh Companion to fin de siècle Literature, Culture, and the Arts. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017. In Press.
- MacLeod K. 'The Power of Her Pen’: Marie Corelli, Authorial Identity and Literary Value. In: Gelder, K, ed. New Directions in Popular Fiction: Genre, Distribution, Reproduction. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, pp.309-326.
- MacLeod K. Material Turns of the Screw: The Collier’s Weekly Serialization of The Turn of the Screw . Cahiers Victoriens et édouardiens 2016, 84, 21 ms. pp. Submitted.
- MacLeod K. American Little Magazines of the 1890s and the Rise of the Professional-Managerial Class. English Studies in Canada 2015, 41(1), 41-68.
- MacLeod K. What People Really Read in 1922: If Winter Comes, the Bestseller in the annus mirabilis of Modernism. In: MacDonald,K; Singer, C, ed. Transitions in Middlebrow Writing, 1880-1930. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, pp.272.
- MacLeod K. "Ernest Dowson". Oxford Bibliographies Online: Victorian Literature 2013.
- MacLeod K. American Little Magazines of the 1890s: A Revolution in Print. 2013. 47 East 60th Street, New York City: Grolier Club, 170.
- Macleod K. Making It New, Old School: Carl Van Vechten and Decadent Modernism. Symbiosis 2012, 16(2), 209-224.
- MacLeod K. The "Librarian's Dream-Prince": Carl Van Vechten and America's Modernist Cultural Archives Industry. Libraries & the Cultural Record 2011, 46(4), 360-387.
- MacLeod K. The First Appearance of Jack London's Bald-Face (1900). Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 2010, 104(3), 347-352.
- MacLeod K. M. P. Shiel and the Love of Pubescent Girls: The Other Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name. English Literature in Transition 1880-1920 2008, 51(4), 355-380.
- MacLeod K. The Fine Art of Cheap Print: Turn-of-the-Century American Little Magazines. In: Ann Ardis and Patrick Collier, ed. Transatlantic Print Culture 1880-1940: Emerging Media, Emerging Modernisms. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave MacMillan, 2008, pp.182-198.
- MacLeod K, Badley J. Women, Writing, and Reading. 2007. University of Alberta: Bruce Peel Special Collections Library, 75.
- MacLeod K. ‘Art for America’s Sake’: Decadence and the Making of American Literary Culture in the Little Magazines of the 1890s. Prospects: An Annual of American Cultural Studies 2006, 31, 309-339.
- MacLeod K. Fictions of British Decadence: High Art, Popular Literature and the fin de siècle. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
- MacLeod K. “Romps with Ransom’s King: Fans, Collectors, Academics, and the M. P. Shiel Archives.”. English Studies in Canada 2004, 30, 117-36.
- MacLeod K. Wormwood, by Marie Corelli. 2004. Peterborough, ON: Broadview Press.
- Leighton ME, MacLeod K. “The Trials of Naturalism: Zola in the British Literary and Cultural Imagination of the fin de siècle.”. Excavatio: International Review for Multidisciplinary Approaches and Comparative Studies Related to Emile Zola and His Time 2001, 15.
- MacLeod K. “Marie Corelli and Fin-de-Siècle Francophobia: The Absinthe Trail of French Art.”. English Literature in Transition 2000, 43, 66-82.