Brian Diemert


Ph.D., English, Western
M.A., English, Queen’s University
B.A., English and History, St. Jerome’s College at the University of Waterloo


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Teaching and Research

After more than thirty years teaching at Brescia University College (affiliated with Western until May 2024), I’m pleased to join Western’s Department of English and Writing Studies. While my teaching responsibilities at Brescia changed over time, I usually taught first-year courses, courses in literary theory, and honours courses in Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature and in American Literature. I also offered several fourth-year senior seminars in the work of Graham Greene, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Virginia Woolf, Ian McEwan, Detective Fiction, Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, Cold War Literature, and, most recently, American metafiction. My research mostly centres on Twentieth-Century American and British fiction, but I am also interested in detective fiction, cultural studies, and, recently, issues of adaptation. I’ve published several essays on various authors, such as Graham Greene, F. Scott Fitzgerald, T. S. Eliot, and E. L. Doctorow, and on topics such as rock music and Cold War discourse. I am also the author of two books, Graham Greene’s Thrillers and the 1930s (McGill-Queen’s 1996) and Understanding Kate Atkinson (U of South Carolina 2020).