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Professor diana wallace 3556

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BA (Hons) (Lancaster)
MA (Lancaster)
PhD (Loughborough)
PGCEd (Glamorgan)


My teaching and research focus mainly on women’s writing, with special interests in historical fiction, Welsh writing in English, Modernism and the Gothic. I teach the first year module, ‘Reading/Writing Women’, a second year module on ‘Modernism’, and the third year modules ‘Gothic Literature’ and ‘Historical Fictions: Women Writing the Past.’


Co-director, Centre for Gender Studies in Wales
Leader of the English Research Unit


Christopher Meredith, University of Wales Press, 2018
Female Gothic Histories: History, Gender and the Gothic, University of Wales Press, 2013
The Woman’s Historical Novel: British Women Writers, 1900-2000, Palgrave, 2005
Sisters and Rivals in British Women’s Fiction, 1914-39, Macmillan, 2000
Ed, with Andrew Smith, The Female Gothic: New Directions, Palgrave, 2009

Book Chapters/Journal Articles

  • ‘Difficulties, differences and discontinuities: reading women’s historical fiction’ in Katie
    Cooper and Emma Short, eds, Histories and Heroines: Representations of Women and the Past in Contemporary Culture, Palgrave, 2012
  • ‘Two nations at war within it’: marriage as metaphor in Margiad Evans’s historical novel
    Country Dance (1932)’ in Kirsti Bohata and Katie Gramich, eds, Rediscovering Margiad Evans: gender, place and marginality, University of Wales, 2012
  • ‘The Gothic Reader: history, fear and trembling’ in Kate Mitchell and Nicola Parsons,
    eds, Reading the Represented Past: Literature and Historical Consciousness,
    1700 to the present, Palgrave, 2012
  • ‘The Woman’s Historical Novel’ in Maroula Joannou, ed, The History of British
    Women’s Writing, Vol 8, Palgrave, 2012
  • ‘Illegitimate Histories: rape and illegitimacy in the historical novels of Catherine
    Cookson’ in Julie Anne Taddeo, ed., Catherine Cookson Country: On the Borders
    of Legitimacy, Ashgate, 2011
  • ‘Literary Portrayals of Ageing’ in Ian Stuart-Hamilton, ed., An Introduction to
    Gerontology, Cambridge University Press, 2011, 389-415
  • ‘Gendering English Studies: masculinity and women’s writing’, Arts and Humanities in
    Higher Education, Forum on Teaching Masculinities, ed. Michael Coventry, 10:1 (Feb 2011), 31-37
  • ‘The March of the Women: Winifred Holtby’s Women and a Changing Civilisation as
    History and propaganda’ in Lisa Regan, ed., A Woman in Her Time: Winifred
    Holtby in Context, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010, 219-38
  • ‘“The Haunting Idea”: Female Gothic Metaphors and Feminist Theory’ in Diana
    Wallace and Andrew Smith, eds, The Female Gothic: New Directions, Palgrave, 2009, 26-41
  • Mixed marriages: three Welsh historical novels in English by women writers in Christopher Meredith, ed Moment of Earth: Poems and Essays in Honour of Jeremy Hooker, Celtic Studies Publications, 2007, 171-184
  • The Convent Novel and the Uses of History, in Ann Heilmann and Mark Llewelyn, eds, Metanarrative and Metahistory in Contemporary Women’s Writing, Palgrave, 2007, 158-171
  • A Kind of Genius:May Sinclair and The Divine Fire’, in Michele Troy and Andrew Kunka, eds, May Sinclair: Moving Towards the Modern, Ashgate, 2007, 49-64
  • Why Tulips? A case study in historicising the historical novel, in Working Papers on the Web Special issue on the “historical novel”: 2006
  • Women’s Time: women, age and inter-generational relations in Doris Lessing’s The Diaries of Jane Somers, Studies in the Literary Imagination, 39:2 (Fall 2006), 43-59
  • Uncanny Stories: the ghost story as female gothic, Gothic Studies, 6:1 (2004), 57-68
  • History to the Defeated: women writers and the historical novel in the 1930s’, Critical Survey, 11:2 (2003), 76-92
  • Retreating into History?:Historical novels by women writers, 1945-60, in Jane Dowson, ed., Women’s Writing 1945-60: After the Deluge, Palgrave, 2003, 131-147
  • Ventriloquising the Male: two portraits of the artist as a young man, by May Sinclair and Edith Wharton, Men and Masculinities, 4:4 (2002), 322-333
  • Revising the Marriage Plot in women’s fiction of the 1930s in Maroula Joannou, ed., Women Writers of the 1930s_, Edinburgh University Press, 1999, 63-75
  • Writing as Re-Vision: women’s writing 1945 to the present day in Marion Shaw, ed., An Introduction to Women’s Writing, Prentice Hall, 1997, 235-63


Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Society of Authors
Association of Welsh Writing in English


Co-editor of the Gender Studies in Wales series, University of Wales Press
Co-editor of The International Journal of Welsh Writing in English


My primary research interests are in women’s writing (particularly the inter-war period), historical fiction, Modernism, Welsh writing in English, and the Gothic.
My most recent book, Christopher Meredith (University of Wales Press, 2018), is the first full-length study of the poetry and prose of one of Wales’s most talented and versatile contemporary writers.
Other monographs include Female Gothic Histories: gender, history and the Gothic (University of Wales Press, 2013) which traces the development of Gothic historical fiction from Sophia Lee’s The Recess (1783) through the work of Elizabeth Gaskell, Vernon Lee and Daphne du Maurier to the novels of Sarah Waters. The Woman’s Historical Novel: British Women Writers, 1900-2000 (Palgrave, 2005) is a survey of historical fiction by women, including detailed discussion of writers such as Georgette Heyer, Naomi Mitchison, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Mary Renault, Dorothy Dunnett, Philippa Gregory, A.S. Byatt and Pat Barker.
I am currently working on a study of Modernism and historical fiction.

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