School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Dr Kirsten MacLeod

Lecturer in Eng Lit, Victorian/Modern



On leave to January 2016


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.

Current Work

I am currently completing a monograph on American little magazines of the 1890s, which is under contract 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:


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

SEMESTER 2 (2015-2016)
SEL 3375 Cultures of Decadence: From the Wilde 90s to the Jazz Age

Postgraduate Teaching


SEL 8188 Reading the Past 

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.