Diana Swanson, Ph.D.


Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1991.

Professional Interests

  • 20th-Century British Fiction, especially Virginia Woolf
  • Feminist Theory
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Women, Education, and Development

Selected Publications

  • "The Warp and the Weft: Homoeroticism in Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse."Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse: a New Casebook. Ed. James Acheson. Houndmills, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming.
  • Co-editor with Pamela L. Caughie. Virginia Woolf Writing the World. 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: Selected Papers from the Twentieth Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf. Ed. Kristin Czarnecki. Clemson: Clemson University Digital Press, 2011. 24-34. (Invited keynote speech) http://www.clemson.edu/cedp/cudp/pubs/vwcon/20.html
  • “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. http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/essays/38217048/british-imperialism-africa-leonard-woolf-m-w-swanson-role-civil-bureaucracy 
  • “Lesbian Approaches.” In Anna Snaith, ed., Palgrave Advances in Virginia Woolf Studies. Houndmills, UK: 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.
  • "Playing in Jeanette Winterson's 'The Poetics of Sex': Rescuing Words for Lesbians." LIT: Literature, Interpretation, Theory 7(1997): 325-37.

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.

Courses Taught

  • WGST 202 Women’s Cultural Expression
  • WGST 332 Growing Up Female
  • WGST 435/ENVS 435X Gender, and the Environment
  • WGST 432 Feminist Theory
  • WGST 620 Feminist Theory
  • WGST 630 Research in Women’s and Gender Studies
  • ENGL 382 Women Writers
  • ENGL 383 Gay and Lesbian Literature
  • ENGL 602D Feminist Literary Criticism and Theory
  • ENGL Seminars on women writers, queer literature, and genre
  • LGBT 350 LGBT Studies
  • LGBT 650 LGBT Studies
  • LGBT 651 Research in LGBT Studies

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. 

Diana L. Swanson, Associate Professor
Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality and Department of English
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