Dr Kate Macdonald Teaching Fellow
Visiting Fellow, Department of English Literature (2015-8)
Director of the Handheld Press https://handheldpress.co.uk
Areas of Interest
I am a literary historian and a specialist in British book history and publishing culture, 1880-1960. I have a background in academic publishing, and have taught British cultural history, literature (especially poetry for beginners), and creative writing in several European universities, including Ghent, Paderborn, Tartu and Nijmegen.
At Reading I taught Part 1 poetry, Modern Scottish Fiction, and The Business of Books in spring 2017, and organised a conference at Reading at MERL on 4 July 2017, 20th-Century British Periodicals: Words and Art on the Printed Page.
I've taught on the Scottish publishing programme at the IES, University of London, and will be giving a guest lecture at UCL in February 2018. I'll be repeating my doctoral teaching at Reading in October, on how to write an academic book proposal, on scholarly book reviewing and on using social media to disseminate research.
For more about my research please see Kate Macdonald Research
For my recent publications, see Kate Macdonald Publications
See also https://katemacdonald.net for my book reviewing.
Research groups / Centres
While not working in my publishing business, I'll be working on the W H Smith archive at the University of Reading's Special Collections to explore the commercial connections between modernist, literary and mainstream publishing and the reviews, high street marketing, sales and censorship. Did the public buy what the media told them to, and if not, what did they buy, and read? I've already given one paper on my initial findings at a publishing futures conference at Oxford Brookes, and will be writing an article on this.
Past research projects
Depictions of disability in First World War publishing culture
The essays and journalism of Rose Macaulay
The periodicals of the First World War
Conservative novelists and the changing social environment, 1920-1960
Comedy in the short story
The modernist effects of speed in the 1920s thriller
The semiotics of menswear in P G Wodehouse and Dornford Yates.
Women's bodies and medical control in the popular culture of 1910
Witchcraft fiction of the mid-1920s by Sylvia Townsend Warner and John Buchan
The masculine middlebrow
The pre-1918 writing and bibliography of John Buchan
- Victorian mass-market women's fiction magazines
Una L Silberrad, showing links to early suffrage fiction and the New Woman
Politicised disability in popular fiction
Fiction's use of the urban slum environment and the lodging house
John Buchan in Victorian and Edwardian publishing culture.
Novelists Against Social Change: Popular Conservative Fiction, 1920-1960 (Palgrave Macmillan 2015).
John Buchan: A Companion to the Mystery Fiction (McFarland & Co 2009).
Rose Macaulay, Gender and Modernity (Routledge 2017).
(ed. with Christoph Singer) The Middlebrow Imagination: Transitions in Publishing from 1890-1920 (Palgrave Macmillan 2015).
Political Future Fictions: Speculative and Counter-Factual Politics in Edwardian Britain, 3 vols, (Pickering & Chatto 2013).
(ed. with Nathan Waddell), John Buchan and the Idea of Modernity (Pickering & Chatto 2013).
The Masculine Middlebrow, 1880-1950: What Mr Miniver Read (Palgrave Macmillan 2011).
Reassessing John Buchan: Beyond The Thirty-Nine Steps (Pickering & Chatto 2009).
British First World War Periodicals 1914-1919. University of Reading Research Data Archive (2017) http://dx.doi.org/10.17864/1947.46
Peer-reviewed journal articles (from 2011)
'Virginia Woolf's shadow: sex bias in academic publication', The Academic Book of the Future (University College London Press, 2017 forthcoming)
'John Buchan's short stories of the British Empire', Nordic Journal of English Studies 16:1 (2017, in press).
'The first cyborg and First World War bodies as anti-war propaganda', Journal of War and Culture Studies 9:4 (2016) 348-66.
'Reading speed in Dornford Yates', Review of English Studies, 67:279 (2016) 349-366.
'The woman's body as compensation for the disabled First World War soldier', Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, 10:1 (2016) 53-70.
'Women and their bodies in the popular reading of 1910', Literature and History, 22:1 (2013) 62-80.
'Witchcraft and non-conformity in Sylvia Townsend Warner's Lolly Willowes (1926) and John Buchan's Witch Wood (1927)', Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 23:2 (2012) 215-238.
'Edwardian transitions in the fiction of Una L Silberrad (1872-1955)' English Literature in Transition, 54.1 (January 2011) 212-233.
'The use of London lodgings in middlebrow fiction, 1900-1930s', Literary London, 9: 1 (2011). http://www.literarylondon.org/london-journal/macdonald.html
'The war-wounded and the congenitally impaired: Competing categories of disability in John Buchan's Huntingtower (1922)', Journal of War and Culture Studies, 4:1 (2011) 7-20.
Book chapters (from 2011)
'Virginia Woolf's shadow: Sex bias in academic publication', The Academic Book of the Future (University College London Press, 2017 in press)
'Critical Introduction', in ed. Kate Macdonald Rose Macaulay, Gender and Modernity (Routledge, 2017 in press).
'Constructing a public persona: Rose Macaulay's non-fiction', in ed. Kate Macdonald Rose Macaulay, Gender and Modernity (Routledge, 2017 forthcoming).
'Annotated bibliography of Rose Macaulay's works, and critical studies', in ed. Kate Macdonald Rose Macaulay, Gender and Modernity (Routledge, 2017 forthcoming).
'Popular periodicals: Wartime newspapers, magazines and journals', in eds Ann-Marie Einhaus and Katherine Baxter The Edinburgh Companion to the First World War in the Arts (Edinburgh University Press, 2017) 245-60.
'Comic short fiction and its variety', in ed. Ann-Marie Einhaus, The Cambridge Companion to the English Short Story (Cambridge University Press 2016), 144-57.
Cornelia Waechter and Kate Macdonald, 'Beyond the subversion / containment binary: Middlebrow fiction and social change', in REAL. Yearbook of Research in English and American Literature. Literature and Cultural Change, ed. Ingo Berensmeyer (Narr Francke Attempto Verlag, 2016) 101-20.
'The woman's body and the disabled ex-serviceman in the First World War', in eds Christoph Ehland and Cornelia Waechter, Middlebrow and Gender: 1880-1930 (Leiden: Brill, 2016) 60-78.
'Problematic menswear in P G Wodehouse and Dornford Yates', in ed. Ann Rea, Middlebrow Wodehouse (Ashgate, 2015) 229-248.
Kate Macdonald and Christoph Singer, 'Critical Introduction: Transitions and cultural formation', in eds Kate Macdonald and Christoph Singer, The Middlebrow Imagination: Transitions in Publishing from 1890-1920 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) 1-13.
'Introduction: Utopian ideals in Edwardian political fiction', in Volume 1. The Empire of the Future, ed. Richard Bleiler, in gen. ed. Kate Macdonald, Political Future Fiction. Speculative and Counter-Factual Politics in Edwardian Fiction, 3 vols (Pickering & Chatto, 2013) vii-xv.
'Critical Introduction: Feminist Future Fiction' and 'Legions of the Dawn and The Affairs of John Bolsover: Commentary on the texts', in Volume 2. Fictions of a Feminist Future, ed. Kate Macdonald, in Kate Macdonald (gen. ed.), Political Future Fiction. Speculative and Counter-Factual Politics in Edwardian Fiction, 3 vols (Pickering & Chatto, 2013) ix-xiv, 267-286.
(with Nathan Waddell) 'Critical Introduction', in John Buchan and the Idea of Modernity, eds Kate Macdonald, and Nathan Waddell (Pickering &Chatto, 2013) 1-16.
'Critical Introduction: Identifying the middlebrow, the masculine, and Mr Miniver', in ed. Kate Macdonald, The Masculine Middlebrow, 1880-1950: What Mr Miniver read (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) 1-23.
'Dorothy's Literature Class: late-Victorian women autodidacts and penny fiction weeklies', in eds Adeline Buckland and Beth Palmer, A Return to the Common Reader (Ashgate, 2011) 23-35.
'The symbiotic relationship of Thomas Nelson & Sons and John Buchan within the publisher's series', in ed. John Spiers, The Culture of the Publisher's Series, vol. 1.Authors, Publishers, and the Shaping of Taste (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) 156-170.