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Biography

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.

Profile

Research Interests 

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.

Current Teaching

Interests include reading film, Victorian literature on screen and counter culture cinema.

Administrative Responsibilities

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

Other Activities

Publications, Conferences, and Other Research Activity
Chapters in Books

‘Challenging Stereotypes of Interwar Women in Clemence Dane’s Fiction’  Conference paper for ‘British Women’s Writing from 1930 to 1970: Wife, Mother, Siren, Artist: Challenging the Patriarchal Stereotype’: University of Chichester June 2018.

‘Clemence Dane’s Fantastical Fiction and Feminist Consciousness’ in Ehland, Christoph and
Wachter, Cornelia (2016) Middlebrow and Gender 1980-1945 (Brill Rodopi)

‘Softening Svengali: Film Transformations of Trilby and Cultural Change’ in Cooke, Simon and
Goldman, Paul (eds.) (2016) George du Maurier: Illustrator, Author, Critic London: Ashgate

‘From Victorian to Postmodern Negation: Enlightenment Culture in Thackeray’s and Kubrick’s Barry
Lyndon’ in Bloom, Abigail Burnham and Pollock, Mary Sanders (2012) Victorian Literature and Film
Adaptation (Cambria Press)
Other

‘Clemence Dane: Regiment of Women’ The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 1.2.1.08: English Writing
and Culture of the early Twentieth Century, 1945-present. Vol. editors: Chris Baldick and Peter
Childs

‘Clemence Dane’ The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 1.2.1.08: English Writing and Culture of the
early Twentieth Century, 1945-present. Vol. editors: Chris Baldick and Peter Childs
Conference Papers

‘Imperilled Identities, Submerged Sexualities: Edwardian Repressions In Clemence Dane’s
Regiment Of Women, Legend and First The Blade’ International Conference for Victorian Women
Writers Canterbury Christchurch University: July 10-11 2017

“Domestic Conservatism and new feminism in Clemence Dane”: The Dawn of Modernism and the
Popular Imagination International Conference at the Institute of English Studies, University of
London, 15-17 September 2011