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Dr Diane Warren

Senior Lecturer



My central research interests relate to twentieth and twenty-first century women’s writing, especially women's modernist literature and its influences on recent fiction. I have written a monograph on Djuna Barnes' major works, and am also interested in early twentieth-century landscape symbolism, focusing primarily on texts by Rebecca West, Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Townsend Warner and E. M. Forster. More recently I have begun to work on modernist refiguring in the work of contemporary women writers, focusing primarily on texts by Alice Munro and Linda Grant. I am currently working on the figure of the literary orphan as a way of interrogating modernism's complex negotiations with the past.



I am an English Literature Academic based in SASHPL at Milldam, I have research interests in early twentieth-century literature, particularly women’s writing from that era. I have taught both at undergraduate and postgraduate level in this area, as well as working on a number of survey and thematic modules. I am also the coordinator of the Literary Prizes unit, which I have developed to include the work of literary professional beyond the academy, and to include a student-run literary prize. My current research focus lies with literary orphans in the early twentieth century, and I am also interested in the ways in which contemporary texts draw on modernist literature.


I studied English at the University of Nottingham, gained a masters (in Modernism) from the University of Glasgow, and completed my PhD (on the works of Djuna Barnes) also at Nottingham in 2000.

I am a lecturer in English Literature, with a specialist interest in literary modernism, especially in relation to women’s writing, and have published in this area (Djuna Barnes’ Consuming Fictions, Ashgate, 2008). I also have interests in the continued influence of modernism on contemporary literature, and in literary orphan figures.


Research Interests

My current research interests lie with orphan figures in modernism and in literature influenced by modernist work. I am also interested in modernist literature more broadly.

Teaching Responsibilities

I currently teach modules on the short story, Literary Prizes, Women’s Writing in the Americas, and on early twentieth-century literature (currently in the form of Space, Place and Being). I have developed the literary prizes unit to include talks by external speakers from the literary world beyond academia, and a student-run literary prize.

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