Dr Marina MacKay

Dr Marina MacKay

I became a Fellow of St Peter’s in 2014, having taught previously at Durham University and, before that, in the United States. My research is on modern British literature, with a particular emphasis on how writing relates to its broader historical and social contexts, although I am also very interested in the much longer history of the novel. Another area of major interest is the representation of political crisis. I have recently completed two books on the topic: Modernism, War, and Violence (Bloomsbury, 2017), which considers relationships between conflict and experimental writing from the 1890s to the Cold War, and Ian Watt: The Novel and the Wartime Critic (forthcoming with Oxford University Press), an intellectual history of the mid-century focused on the life of a former prisoner-of-war who became one of the most influential of post-war British literary critics.


At St Peter’s, I am tutor for the Victorian and Modern period papers ('Literature in English 1830-1910' and 'Literature in English 1910 to the Present’), and for the second half of Prelims Paper 1 ('Introduction to English Language and Literature'). My teaching in the English Faculty focuses on the modern and contemporary novel for the most part, although I also teach a special option paper on ‘Writing War’ with my Faculty colleague Dr Kate McLoughlin. With Dr David Dwan, I co-convene the post-1900 strand of the MSt. in English.


Although I am interested in many areas of modern literature, topics to which I keep returning include mid-twentieth-century fiction, literature and violence, the history of literary criticism, how we ‘periodise’ modern writing, and the consolidation and attrition of novelists' reputations — or who gets forgotten and why.

Selected Publications (the longer list is on my Faculty page, linked on the left)

M. MacKay, Modernism and World War II (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
M. MacKay and L. Stonebridge, eds., British Fiction After Modernism (Palgrave, 2007)
M. MacKay, ed., The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of World War II (Cambridge University Press, 2009)
M. MacKay, The Cambridge Introduction to the Novel (Cambridge University Press, 2011)
M. MacKay, Modernism, War, and Violence (Bloomsbury, 2017)