Diana Swanson

Diana Swanson

19th and 20th century British Fiction, Women's Literature, Women’s and LGBT Studies

Office: RH 230
Phone: 815-753-6611
Email: dswanson@niu.edu

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. University of Minnesota; 1991
  • B.A. Amherst College; 1982

Professional Interests

  • 20th-Century British Fiction, especially Virginia Woolf
    Feminist theory, especially literary theory and ecofeminism
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender studies
  • Women, education and development
  • Environmental studies

Selected Awards

Northern Illinois University Eychaner Award for leadership on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community and contributions to the advancement of LGBT scholarship. 2005.

Selected Publications

  • “The Warp and the Weft: Homoeroticism in Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse.” In Virginia Woolf. Ed. James Acheson. New Case Books Series. Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
  • Virginia Woolf Writing the World. Edited and introduced by Pamela L. Caughie and Diana L. Swanson. Woolf Selected Papers Series. Clemson UP, 2015.
  • Guest Editor. “Eco-Woolf” Special Issue of Virginia Woolf Miscellany 81 (2012) http://home.southernct.edu/~neverowv1/VWM81Spring2012.pdf
  • “Woolf’s Copernican Shift: Nonhuman Nature in Virginia Woolf’s Short Fiction.” Woolf Studies Annual 18 (2012): 108-125.
  • "The Real World: Virginia Woolf and Ecofeminism." In Virginia Woolf and the Natural World. Ed. Kristin Czarnecki. Clemson University Digital Press, 2011. 24-34. 
  • “British Imperialism in Africa: Leonard Woolf, M.W. Swanson, and the Role of Civil Bureaucracy.” Virginia Woolf Miscellany 72 (2007): 47-49. Special issue on Leonard Woolf, ed. AnnMarie Bantzinger. 
  • “Lesbian Approaches.” In Anna Snaith, ed., Palgrave Advances in Virginia Woolf Studies. Houndmills, UK & New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. 184-208.
  • "Queering the Conflicts: What LGBT Students Can Teach Us in the Classroom and Online." Computers and Composition 21 (2004): 295-313. Special issue: Sexualities, Technologies, and Writing. Eds. Jonathan Alexander and William Banks. Co-authored with Brad Peters. http://commons.lib.niu.edu/handle/10843/13310
  • "Safe Space or Danger Zone? Incest and the Paradox of Writing in Woolf's Life." In Creating Safe Space: Violence and Women's Writing. Eds. Tomoko Kuribayashi and Julie Tharp. Albany: SUNY Press, 1997. 79-99.
  • "An Antigone Complex? The Political Psychology of The Years and Three Guineas." Woolf Studies Annual 3 (1997): 28-44.
  • "Playing in Jeanette Winterson's 'The Poetics of Sex': Rescuing Words for Lesbians." LIT: Literature, Interpretation, Theory 7(1997): 325-37.

Selected Public Service Activities

President, Friends of Jane Adeny Memorial School for Girls, a 501c3 charity that raises friends and funds for a high school in Kenya that provides an education “good enough for the richest and open to the poorest.” The school’s mission is to provide an innovative, effective pedagogical model to the nation of Kenya and to East Africa. 

Contact us

Northern Illinois University
Department of English
Reavis Hall, Room 215
DeKalb, IL 60115

815-753-0606 (Fax)