Professor, English, School of Humanities
Office: MSJ, Room 301C
Telephone: 519 432 8353 ext 28387
Brian Diemert received his B.A. in English and History from St. Jerome’s College at the University of Waterloo, his M.A. in English from Queen’s University, and his Ph.D., also in English, from Western. A faculty member of Brescia since 1988, he has been a full Professor since July 2006. His main areas of academic interest are British and American literature from the first half of the twentieth century. He is also interested in detective fiction and cultural studies.
In his years at Brescia, Diemert has taught a host of courses including both the first-year courses, courses in literary theory, and honours courses in Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature and in American Literature. He has 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 more. In 2019-2020, Dr. Diemert will be teaching courses in The Storyteller’s Art I, Literary Theory and History, Twentieth and Twenty-First Century British and Irish Literature, and a seminar on British Women’s war novels.
Diemert is the author of Graham Greene’s Thrillers and the 1930s (McGill-Queen’s 1996), which was shortlisted by the Crime Writers of Canada for the 1997 Arthur Ellis Award in the category of “Best Non-Fiction Book.” He has published many essays on various authors, such as Graham Greene, F. Scott Fitzgerald, T. S. Eliot, and E. L. Doctorow, and topics, such as rock music and Cold War discourse. Most recently, he is the author of a forthcoming study, Understanding Kate Atkinson.