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Professor Graeme Macdonald

G MacdonaldProfessor

Email: g dot macdonald at warwick dot ac dot uk


Faculty of Arts Building
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL


Dr Graeme Macdonald is Professor, and teaches on the English and Comparative Literary Studies program. MA (Jt Hons in Literature and Sociology) Aberdeen; PhD (Glasgow); (PGCHE) Warwick.

Research interests

Current research interests include Resource Culture in World Literature/Globalisation; Energy Humanities and Petrofiction; Environmental Humanities, Science Fiction; Modern and Contemporary Scottish and British Culture. I am editor of Scottish Literature and Postcolonial Literature (EUP 2011) and Post Theory: New Directions in Criticism (EUP, 1999). I have recently edited a new edition of John McGrath's play The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil (2015) Currently preparing a monograph, Petrofiction: Oil and World Literature. I am a member of WreC (Warwick Research Collective), who work on new ways to think about World Literature/Literature in the World. We have published a co-written monograph on Peripheral Modernism and World Literature: Combined and Uneven Development: Toward a New Theory of World Literature (LUP: 2015) I was Co-Investigator on the RSE Research Network, Connecting with a Low Carbon Scotland (2016-18).

I am at present CI on the multi-national project Climaginaries: narrating socio-cultural transitions to a post-fossil society, funded by FORMAS (Swedish Research Council)

Teaching and supervision

Research supervision: I would welcome research projects in the fields of energy humanities and petroculture, environmental humanities, climate change and climate imaginaries, science fiction, modern Scottish/British literature and culture, materialist projects on world literature.

I have currently have two PhD students:

  • Nora Castle (Food, Foodways, and Environmental Crisis in Contemporary Speculative Fiction)
  • Harry Pitt-Scott (The Offshore Imaginary: Fossil Finance and Petroculture, 1973-2008
  • I have supervised the following PhD projects:
  • Lara Choksey (‘Life Itself’ in Doris Lessing’s Space Fiction: Evolution, Epigenetics and Culture)
  • Rhys Williams (Cognitive Impurities: A Political Approach to Fantastic Fiction in the Neoliberal Age)
  • Chris Maughan (Activism Ltd – Environmental Activism and Contemporary Literature)
  • Gemma Goodman, (Alternative Cornwalls: Constructing Place in Victorian and Modern Cornish Literature)

  • Sumana Ray, (Beyond Multiculturalism: the emergence of the liminal Briton in contemporary British Asian women’s writing) (part-supervision)

  • Natasha Dunn, (Trauma in Six Late Twentieth Century Women’s Novels)

  • I have also supervised MA Dissertations in a variety of topics, including:

    Dostoevsky and World-Literature"

    Petro-Apocalypse: Three Novels of the end of oil

    Petro-Gothic: the grotesque body in Caribbean Petrofiction

    Globalisation, Reification, and the Culture Industry in the 20th Century

    Contemporary Mythopoeia: Chuck Palahniuk and Haruki Murakami

    H.P. Lovecraft: Fantasy, Politics, and Reality

    Magic Realism in Calvino and Carter

My BA options include:

MA options include Petrofiction: Studies in World Literature.

Selected recent publications


  • MA [Jt Hons] (Aberdeen)
  • PhD (Glasgow)

img_5807.jpgOffice hours 2022/23 (Room 5.16)

Term 1: Tuesdays 1-2; Wednesdays 10-11 or by appointment or Teams

Term 2: Tuesdays 1-2 Wednesdays 10-11; or by Appointment or Teams

Term 3: same as above. But also by appointment and online if that works easier for you.

If you can't make the above times, email me and we can arrange a time.


Undergraduate modules

EN2/3BO The European Novel
EN2/3F5 Alternative Lifeworlds

EN122 Modes of Reading

Postgraduate modules

EN963 Petrofiction: Studies in World Literature