Professor, English, School of Humanities
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, and more. In 2012-2013, Dr. Diemert will be teaching English 1027F, The Storyteller’s Art I, English 2220F, Theories of Narrative, English 2308E, American Literature, and English 3557G, Topics in Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature.
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. Recent publications include “Time and Timelessness: Contexts for Popular Music,” in Resounding Pasts: Essays in Literature, Popular Music, and Cultural Memory, ed. Drago Momcilovic (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011), and “Checking Out: Trauma and Genre in Ian McEwan’s The Child in Time,” in Trauma and Romance in Contemporary British Literature, eds. Jean-Michel Ganteau and Susana Onega,(London and New York: Routledge, forthcoming December 2012).