Position: Senior Lecturer in English
Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2275)
Louise McDonald gained her BA and MA qualifications from the University of Birmingham and her PGCE and PhD from Leicester University. After 11 years as a full-time lecturer in English at Birmingham Metropolitan College (formerly Sutton Coldfield College of Further Education) with one year as an exchange professor at Seneca College, Toronto, she obtained her current post in January 1996. Her research interests comprise twentieth century women’s literature, particularly works regarded as ‘middlebrow’ and Victorian literature-to-film and adaptations. Her PhD constituted the first major study of the works of twentieth century British novelist, playwright and screenwriter, Clemence Dane.
Louise McDonald's research interests are in gender politics in female middlebrow writing 1900-1950 and screen adaptations of Victorian novels. She is currently working on a book on Clemence Dane and gender politics, due to be published by Routledge in 2019.
Louise McDonald leads and teaches level 4 module, ‘Reading Film’ and contributes to level 4 module, 'Introduction to Drama'. She leads and teaches level 5 modules ‘Victorian Literature on Screen’ and level 6 modules, ‘Literature in the Modern World’ and ‘From Superheroes to Sylvia Plath: the Hollywood Dream Factory, Counter-Cultural Cinema and Literary Pessimism’. She also works on the MA Victorian Studies programme, leading and teaching module, 'The Victorian Gothic' and contributing to module, 'Victorian Urban Space’.
Louise McDonald is leader of curriculum development in Film Studies, American Studies, Victorian literature and Modern literature and module leader of five modules.
Membership of Professional Organisations
- Association of Adaptation Studies
- Middlebrow Network
Dr Louise McDonald