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. 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.

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 covers American and British print culture of the long fin-de-siecle (1870-1930). Particular interests include: Aestheticism,Decadence, and Modernism; 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, American little magazines of the 1890s, Decadent Modernism, and the histories of literary archives. 

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

My monograph on American little magazines of the 1890s is forthcoming with the University of Toronto Press in 2018. 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. Alongside this, I am producing a critical edition of Van Vechten's 1923 novel, The Blind Bow-Boy.

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 (2017-2018)

SEL1003 Introduction to Literary Studies I

SEL2204 Victorian Passions

Postgraduate Teaching (2016-2017)

SEL8353 Intermedialities