Dr Andrea Macrae

Senior Lecturer in Stylistics

I teach, research and publish in the areas of stylistics, narratology and cognitive poetics, with a specialism in deixis.

I also research the language of charity fundraising, and am the project lead for 'The Use and Misuse of Language' project for the Commission on the Donor Experience. 

 

 

 

Teaching

Undergraduate

  • World Literature
  • Advanced Stylistics
  • The Culture of Modernity
  • Work Placement Module
  • Narratological Stylistics
  • Interpretation: Cognitive Poetics
  • Dissertation supervision

Previously:

  • Skills and Creative Strategies for English Studies
  • Narrative and Narratology
  • The Art of Poetry

Postgraduate

  • Twentieth Century Texts: Metafiction
  • MA Dissertation
  • Key Concepts and Methods for Research

 

Research

I research stylistics, cognitive poetics and narratology, most recently focusing on deixis and deictic shifting in fiction. I have further particular interests and expertise in flash fiction, metafiction, and performance poetry.

I also specialise in the language of charity fundraising, and am the project lead for 'The Use and Misuse of Language' project for the Commission on the Donor Experience. I lead workshops on topics such as the language of empathy at national charity conventions and conferences. 

I also research in the area of pedagogical stylistics, and co-lead the Integrating English project (www.integratingenglish.com), promoting stylistics and its place in English education. I have worked with the AQA in developing aspects of the Language and Literature A level specification, and producing teaching and learning resources for teachers and students. 

I would particularly welcome prospective PhD students in the fields of cognitive poetics (especially deixis and deictic shifting), stylistics and narratalogy, and/or charity fundraising discourse.

Conferences

  • 'Empathetic / social / relational deixis: What does it do and how does it do it?' Aix-en-Provence, France (28 April 2017)
  • Guest lecture: 'Masterclass in Close Reading', University of Oxford Forum for English, Drama and Media, Oxford, UK (24 Aptil 2017)
  • 'Changing streets into stories: A MCDA analysis of the graffiti appeals of the homeless charity Depaul UK', International Association of Literary Semantics conference, University of Huddersfield, UK (10-12 April 2017)
  • Guest research paper: 'Positioning the Reader in Post-Apartheid Literature of Trauma: I and you in Zoë Wicomb's David's Story', University of Leicester, UK (7 March 2017) 
  • 'Integrating English: Two outreach case studies', Academics in the Classroom conference, Oxford University, UK (16 August 2016) 
  • 'Anxieties of inauthenticity in charity fundraising communciations', Poetics and Linguistics Association conference, Sardinia (July 2016)
  • Panel member for 'Commission on the Donor Experience' workshop, Institute of Fundraising convention, London, UK (6 July 2016)
  • Panel member for 'How do we create amazing supporter experiences?' workshop at Audience Strategy: Understanding and connecting with stakeholders, CharityComms conference (26 May 2016)
  • 'Teaching Language', New Aspects of A Level English, English Association conference, London, UK (3 Oct 2015)
  • 'Be a hero!' Givers vs. helpers in charity ads', Poetics and Linguistics Associaiton conference, University of Kent, UK (July 2015)
  • 'What do we do when we do close reading?', with Billy Clark (Middlesex University) and Marcello Giovanelli (Aston University), National Association for the Teaching of English conference, Newcastle, UK (June 2015) 
  • 'Rethinking English: Impact on A levels and teaching', with Billy Clark (Middlesex University) and Marcello Giovanelli (Aston University), iMean conference, University of Warwick (April 2015) 
  • Guest lecture, ‘Stepping into The Hundred Acre Wood: A deictic shift theory account of the opening of A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh.’ Middlesex University, London, UK (10 March 2015)
  • ‘Reading too much into it? Flash fiction and relevance theory’, International Association of Literary Semantics bi-annual conference, University of Kent, UK (3-5 July 2014)
  • Teaching narrative, genre and point of view.’ Integrating English 2014, University of Nottingham  (19 June 2014)
  • ‘Cognitive processing of perspective in fiction.’ Cognitive Futures in the Humanities annual conference, Durham University, UK, (24-26 April 2014)
  • ‘The ethics of ‘You’.’ International Society for the Study of Narrative, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK (27-29 June 2013)
  • Guest lecture, ‘Deictic shifting in literature: Experimental analysis.’ University of Westminster, London, UK (10 Oct 2012)
  • ‘Towards a stylistics of performance poetry’, Poetics and Linguistics Association annual conference, University of Malta (16-18 July 2012)
  • ‘Shifting through pronouns: An empirical investigation into deictic shifting in literature’, UK Cognitive Linguistics Association annual conference, Kings College, London, UK (10-12 July 2012)
  • ‘A pedagogical pitch for undergraduate interdisciplinary stylistics', Stylistics Across Disciplines conference, Leiden University, Netherlands (15-17 June 2011)
  • ‘Flash fiction and textual intervention as narratological teaching tools’, Teaching Narrative and Teaching Through Narrative conference, University of Tampere, Finland (26-28 May 2011)
  • ‘Pronouns and related deictic positioning in charity advertisements: A cognitive poetic account of rhetorical effects.’ Rhetoric in Society III conference, Lessuis University, Belgium (26-28 January 2011)
  • ‘Deictic shifting to and through Iyouhe and she: Priming, Prominence, and a pilot study.’ International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature conference, University of Utrecht, Netherlands (7-11 July 2010)
  • ‘Readerly deictic shifting to and through I and you: An updated hypothesis.’ Cognitive Poetics and Rhetoric conference, University of Lodz, Poland (18-22 January 2010)
  • ‘Enhancing the critical apparatus for understanding metanarration: Discourse deixis refined.’ International Society for the Study of Narrative annual conference, University of Birmingham, UK (4-6 June 2009)
  • ‘Constructing 1867 in 2008, through 1969 and with a little help from 1685: Reading The French Lieutenant’s Woman.’ Poetics and Linguistics Association annual conference, University of Sheffield, UK (23-26 July 2008)
  • ‘Writing Dulcie in the dawn of the New South Africa: Narrative dynamics and discursive responsibility in Zoë Wicomb’s David’s Story.’ International Society for the Study of Narrative annual conference, University of Texas, Texas (1-4 May 2008)
  • ‘How far have we come? A cognitive poetic study of interdiegetic deixis in John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman.’ Society for the Study of Narrative Literature annual conference, Georgetown University, Washington D.C. (15-18 March 2007)
  • ‘Why cognitive poetics can’t do metafiction (yet).’ Poetics and Linguistics Association annual conference, University of Joensuu, Finland (26-29 July 2006)
  • ‘To paint a water lily.’ Constructing Worlds Through Language conference, University of Sfax, Tunisia (29-30 April 2005)

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA)
  • International Society for the Study of Narrative (ISSN)
  • International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature and Media (IGEL)
  • European Narratology Network (ENN)
  • British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL)

Publications

  • Books
  • Journal articles
  • Book chapters
  • Conference papers
  • Other

Books

Deixis and Deictic Shifting in Fiction, research monograph, in progress.

Giovanelli, M., Macrae, A., Cushing, I. and Titjen, F. (2015) AQA A-level Language and Literature Student Book, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Journal articles

  • 'Integrating English: Two OUtreach Case Studies', Academics in the Classroom: English Outreach, English Association Issues in English, issue 12, ed. Catherine Redford, pp.
  • ‘You and I, past and present: Narration, focalisation, projection, and the influence of personal pronouns’ (2016), special issue of Diegesis 5.1, eds. M. Bortolussi, P. Dixon and R. Sommer.

  • ‘Enhancing the critical apparatus for understanding metanarration: Discourse deixis refined.’ Journal of Literary Semantics 2010, 39(2): 119-142

 

Book chapters

  • ‘Stylistics’, in Giovanelli, M. and Clayton, D. (eds) (2016) Linguistics and the Secondary English Classroom. London: Routledge. pp.51-63
  • ‘You’ and ‘I’ in charity fundraising appeals’, in Sorlin, S. and Gardelle, L. (eds) (2015) The Pragmatics of Personal Pronouns. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. pp.105-204
  • ‘Literary narrative’, in Jones, R. (ed.) (2015) The Routledge Handbook of Language and Creativity. London: Routledge. pp.248-263
  • ‘Stylistics, drama and performance’, in Burke, M. (ed.) (2014) The Routledge Handbook of Stylistics. London: Routledge. pp.253-267.
  • ‘Readerly deictic shifting to and through I and you: An updated hypothesis,’ in Kwaitkowska, A. (ed.) (2012) Texts and Minds: Papers in Cognitive Poetics and Rhetoric. Frankurt ma Main: Peter Lang. pp. 41-56.

Conference papers

  • 'Empathetic / social / relational deixis: What does it do and how does it do it?' Aix-en-Provence, France (28 April 2017)
  • Guest lecture: 'Masterclass in Close Reading', University of Oxford Forum for English, Drama and Media, Oxford, UK (24 April 2017)
  • 'Changing streets into stories: A MCDA analysis of the graffiti appeals of the homeless charity Depaul UK', International Association of Literary Semantics conference, University of Huddersfield, UK (10-12 April 2017)
  • Guest research paper: 'Positioning the Reader in Post-Apartheid Literature of Trauma: I and you in Zoë Wicomb's David's Story', University of Leicester, UK (7 March 2017) 
  • 'Integrating English: Two outreach case studies', Academics in the Classroom conference, Oxford University, UK (16 August 2016) 
  • 'Anxieties of inauthenticity in charity fundraising communications', Poetics and Linguistics Association conference, Sardinia (July 2016)
  • Panel member for 'Commission on the Donor Experience' workshop, Institute of Fundraising convention, London, UK (6 July 2016)
  • Panel member for 'How do we create amazing supporter experiences?' workshop at Audience Strategy: Understanding and connecting with stakeholders, CharityComms conference (26 May 2016)
  • 'Teaching Language', New Aspects of A Level English, English Association conference, London, UK (3 Oct 2015)
  • 'Be a hero!' Givers vs. helpers in charity ads', Poetics and Linguistics Association conference, University of Kent, UK (July 2015)
  • 'What do we do when we do close reading?', with Billy Clark (Middlesex University) and Marcello Giovanelli (Aston University), National Association for the Teaching of English conference, Newcastle, UK (June 2015) 
  • 'Rethinking English: Impact on A levels and teaching', with Billy Clark (Middlesex University) and Marcello Giovanelli (Aston University), iMean conference, University of Warwick (April 2015) 
  • Guest lecture, ‘Stepping into The Hundred Acre Wood: A deictic shift theory account of the opening of A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh.’ Middlesex University, London, UK (10 March 2015)
  • ‘Reading too much into it? Flash fiction and relevance theory’, International Association of Literary Semantics bi-annual conference, University of Kent, UK (3-5 July 2014)
  • Teaching narrative, genre and point of view.’ Integrating English 2014, University of Nottingham  (19 June 2014)
  • ‘Cognitive processing of perspective in fiction.’ Cognitive Futures in the Humanities annual conference, Durham University, UK, (24-26 April 2014)
  • ‘The ethics of ‘You’.’ International Society for the Study of Narrative, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK (27-29 June 2013)
  • Guest lecture, ‘Deictic shifting in literature: Experimental analysis.’ University of Westminster, London, UK (10 Oct 2012)
  • ‘Towards a stylistics of performance poetry’, Poetics and Linguistics Association annual conference, University of Malta (16-18 July 2012)
  • ‘Shifting through pronouns: An empirical investigation into deictic shifting in literature’, UK Cognitive Linguistics Association annual conference, Kings College, London, UK (10-12 July 2012)
  • ‘A pedagogical pitch for undergraduate interdisciplinary stylistics', Stylistics Across Disciplines conference, Leiden University, Netherlands (15-17 June 2011)

 

  • ‘Flash fiction and textual intervention as narratological teaching tools’, Teaching Narrative and Teaching Through Narrative conference, University of Tampere, Finland (26-28 May 2011)
  • ‘Pronouns and related deictic positioning in charity advertisements: A cognitive poetic account of rhetorical effects.’ Rhetoric in Society III conference, Lessuis University, Belgium (26-28 January 2011)
  • ‘Deictic shifting to and through Iyouhe and she: Priming, Prominence, and a pilot study.’ International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature conference, University of Utrecht, Netherlands (7-11 July 2010)
  • ‘Readerly deictic shifting to and through I and you: An updated hypothesis.’ Cognitive Poetics and Rhetoric conference, University of Lodz, Poland (18-22 January 2010)
  • ‘Enhancing the critical apparatus for understanding metanarration: Discourse deixis refined.’ International Society for the Study of Narrative annual conference, University of Birmingham, UK (4-6 June 2009)
  • ‘Constructing 1867 in 2008, through 1969 and with a little help from 1685: Reading The French Lieutenant’s Woman.’ Poetics and Linguistics Association annual conference, University of Sheffield, UK (23-26 July 2008)
  • ‘Writing Dulcie in the dawn of the New South Africa: Narrative dynamics and discursive responsibility in Zoë Wicomb’s David’s Story.’ International Society for the Study of Narrative annual conference, University of Texas, Texas (1-4 May 2008)
  • ‘How far have we come? A cognitive poetic study of interdiegetic deixis in John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman.’ Society for the Study of Narrative Literature annual conference, Georgetown University, Washington D.C. (15-18 March 2007)
  • ‘Why cognitive poetics can’t do metafiction (yet).’ Poetics and Linguistics Association annual conference, University of Joensuu, Finland (26-29 July 2006)
  • ‘To paint a water lily.’ Constructing Worlds Through Language conference, University of Sfax, Tunisia (29-30 April 2005)

Other

  • 'Everyday deixis', Babel, The Language Magazine, issue 14, Feb 2016
  • ‘Lang-Lit from A to BA: Student backgrounds and first year content’, HEA-commissioned report co-written with Billy Clark and Marcello Giovanelli (February 2015) English and Media Centre, available at http://www.englishandmedia.co.uk/emag/index.html
  • ‘English: Diverse but unified. Putting texts at the heart of the discipline’, with Clark, B. and Giovanelli, M., Teaching English: Journal of the National Association for the Teaching of English 6 (October 2014): 17-20
  • ‘Lang-Lit from A to BA: Integrating Language and Literature study at school and university’, HEA-commissioned report co-written with Billy Clark (July 2014), Higher Education Academy, available at https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/node/5760
  • Co-author of material for companion website for Pope, R. (2012) Studying English Language and Literature: An Introduction and Companion. London: Routledge. Website address: http://www.routledge.com/cw/pope-9780415498760
  • Review of ‘The Cambridge Companion to Narrative by David Herman (ed.), 2007. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. xiii+310. ISBN 978 0 521 67366 2