School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Dr Kirsten MacLeod

Reader in Modernist Print Culture



I was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. I attended McGill University, where I received a BA in English (Drama and Theatre), and MA in English Literature. I have a PhD and an MLIS, both from the University of Alberta. I have been at Newcastle University since 2010.


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

Roles and Responsibilities

2016-2019 UG Degree Programme Director, SELLL

2016-2019 Director of Excellence in Learning and Teaching, SELLL


  • Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing
  • Research Society for American Periodicals (Advisory Board)
  • British Association for Decadence Studies
  • British Association for American Studies 
  • Modernist Studies Association
  • British Association for Modernist Studies
  • Grolier Club




Research Interests

My research covers American and British print culture of the long fin-de-siècle (1870-1930). Particular interests include: Aestheticism, Decadence, and Modernism; late nineteenth and early twentieth century magazines; collectors and collecting culture. My publications have centred on Decadence, fin-de-siècle and modernist writers, American little magazines of the 1890s, Decadent Modernism, and the histories of literary archives. 

Current Work

Recent publications include American Little Magazines of the fin de siècle: Art, Protest, and Cultural Transformation with University of Toronto Press (2018), winner of the Research Society for American Periodicals Book Prize 2017-2018, and a critical edition of Carl Van Vechten's 1923 novel, The Blind Bow-Boy with MHRA (2018). I am also now working on a monograph on 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. 

Postgraduate Supervision

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

I am currently co-supervisor of postgraduate research on Agatha Christie and on science fiction pulp magazines. 

Esteem Indicators

Winner of the Research Society for American Periodicals Book Prize, 2017-2018 for American Little Magazines of the fin de siècle: Art, Protest and Cultural Transformation

Member of Advisory Board, Research Society for American Periodicals (2019- )


  • 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 (2020-2021)

SEL1003 Introduction to Literary Studies I

SEL1030 Close Reading

SEL2204 Victorian Passions

SEL2218 Literature and History Research Project

SEL3404 Jazz-Age Literature in the Magazines 

Postgraduate Teaching (2020-2021)

SEL8674 Research Methods