Antonia Mackay

Antonia Mackay



Thesis title: City, Suburban and Pastoral Spaces and the Formation of Identity in Cold War America (1945–1965)

Start year: 2010


Research topic

Using feminist theories of space and bodies, urban theory and a cultural materialist methodology, this project employs the works of Judith Butler (1990, 1993), Elizabeth Grosz (1994, 1995) and Beatriz Colomina (1992). My methodology explores how bodies rooted in physical representations of external space react, and how objects within spaces inform and shift individual subjectivities. The project will engage with fifties American sights (Disneyland), places (New York City) texts and objects, within three sections – urban, suburban and pastoral landscapes – bridging existing theories of feminist corporeality into established cultural criticism of the cold war, and thereby extending and challenge accepted notions of fifties conformity and homogeneity.


Cold War, American Studies, Masculinities, Identity, Feminist Corporeality

General research interests

Research interests include: spectator ideology (a blurring of public and private spaces as inspired by Baudelaire’s philosophy) in fifties New York; the works of the Beats; suburban gender identities and manufactured proscription through; public and private division; interior versus exterior space; domesticity; Southernism and utopian architecture.

Work in progress

Universally ‘American’ identity in film and television and the image of the American South

Teaching experience

  • Skills and Strategies (U67012)
  • Critical Theory in Action (U67013)


Conference papers

Conference papers given at BAAS Postgraduate Conference, Oxford University (March 2010) and Portsmouth Cultural Centre (May 2010); representative at CCUE AGM (April 2010); Spring and Winter Symposiums (Oxford Brookes) 2009–2012; EML Research Conference Spring 2012

Academic and professional training

  • MA English Literature
  • BA Hons, English Studies

Professional affiliations

  • EML Research Committee member
  • BAAS

Other experience and professional activities

Junior Editor at Vogue Magazine and PA at GQ; PR for Calvin Klein and Assistant Manager at Blackwells