University of British Columbia, BA Hons
University of Toronto, MA, PhD

Dr. Mackie specializes in Victorian and Modernist literature, drama, and book history. He is currently completing a book manuscript called “Beautiful Untrue Things”: Forging Oscar Wilde’s Extraordinary Afterlife,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 member with the Critical Studies in Sexuality Program, and he curates exhibitions for UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections.

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

Winter 2018

ENGL221 Literature in Britain: the 18th Century to the Present Sections

A survey of poetry, drama, fiction and non-fiction prose from the 18th century to the present.

Winter 2018

ENGL110 Approaches to Literature Sections

Study of selected examples of poetry, fiction, and drama. Essays are required.

Winter 2018

ENGL405A Studies in Drama - STUDIES IN DRAMA Sections

Please see the Department website for further information on topics offered in the current session.

Winter 2018

ENGL490 Literature Majors Seminar Sections

Required of all Literature Majors. See Department Website (www.english.ubc.ca) for options.

Recent Publications

Beautiful Untrue Things: Forging Oscar Wilde’s Extraordinary Afterlife. Forthcoming from University of Toronto Press.

“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’s current projects include:

  • In conjunction with Dr. Kyle Frackman (CENES) and UBC’s Rare Books and Special Collections, the Jane Rule Endowment-funded Queer Collections Project. This project seeks to expand the Library’s holdings of historical queer material with a view toward future interdisciplinary research and teaching. qcp.arts.ubc.ca [hyperlink to qcp landing page]
  • Articles on the dramatic function of the cocktail in the plays of Noël Coward and on the bibliographical history of the anonymous homoerotic novel Teleny.
  • “Aesthetic Theatres, 1880-1920,” a book-length study of the impact of the British aesthetic movement on fin-de-siècle and modernist drama and stage practices.

Dr. Mackie has curated several exhibitions 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) marked UBC Library’s acquisition of the first editions of two rare Victorian erotic texts associated with Oscar Wilde, Teleny and Des Grieux.

“‘An Unmatched Devotion’: A 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Colbeck Collection at UBC Library” (2017-18) recognized the 1967 arrival to UBC of the 13,000-volume Colbeck Collection, which is one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of English literature from the period 1850-1920. “’An Unmatched Devotion’” was largest-ever rare books display mounted at UBC.

“A Queer Century, 1869-1969,” which will be mounted in June, 2019, marks several major anniversaries: 150 years since the emergence of homosexuality as a named concept, and fifty years since the Stonewall riots and the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada. The exhibition will bring together rare books, art, manuscripts and ephemera from UBC’s collections to tell the story of this pivotal century in queer cultural history.