Dr. Mackie specializes in Victorian Literature, drama, and book history. He is currently completing a book manuscript called “Beautiful Untrue Things”: Literary Forgery and Oscar Wilde, which examines a lost archive of Wilde forgeries that flooded the rare book market in the 1920s. He has been the recipient of research fellowships from the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA and the Bibliographical Society of America. He received a UBC Faculty of Arts Research Award for 2015-16. Dr. Mackie is also an Associate Faculty in the Program in Critical Studies in Sexuality here at UBC.
Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Dr. Mackie was an undergraduate at UBC, so he is especially pleased to act as Departmental coordinator for undergraduate awards and to serve on the Majors committee.
At UBC, Dr. Mackie has taught undergraduate courses on Modern drama, Decadence, Oscar Wilde, and detective fiction, and graduate seminars on consumer culture in the Aesthetic movement and (in conjunction with UBC’s Rare Books and Special Collections), literary forgeries and mystifications
“Textual Dissidence: The Occasions of Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Soul of Man under Socialism.’” Mémoires du Livre / Studies in Book Culture 4: 2 (Spring 2013).
“‘The Modern Idea under an Antique Form’: Aestheticism and Theatrical Archaeology in Oscar Wilde’s Duchess of Padua.” Theatre Survey 53: 2 (September 2012).
“Forging Oscar Wilde: Mrs. Chan-Toon and For Love of the King.” English Literature in Transition 1880-1920 54: 3 (2011).
“The Function of Decorum at the Present Time: Manners, Moral Language, and Modernity in ‘an Oscar Wilde Play.’” Modern Drama 52: 2 (Summer 2009).
Dr. Mackie has curated one exhibition for UBC Rare Books and Special Collections, “‘That mighty love which maddens one to crime’: Teleny, Oscar Wilde, and Decadent Publishing in the 1890s” (2015), and is currently working on a major exhibition to celebrate the 50th anniversary of UBC’s Colbeck Collection of Victorian and Edwardian literature. It will be mounted in 2017.