Dr Diana Leca

Dr Diana Leca is the Robin Geffen Career Development Fellow in English at Keble College, Oxford. Her research focuses on modernist and contemporary literature, criticism, and theory. She has a special interest in twentieth-century American literature, as well as in avant-garde movements, formalism, aesthetics, art history, and the environmental humanities. More specifically, she is interested in theories of minimalism and in short literary forms such as the aphorism, the lyric fragment, and haiku. Her work examines the use of brevity and precision in figures like Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, John Ashbery, Kay Ryan, and Anne Carson. She completed her doctorate at St. John's College, Cambridge on the topic of literary minimalism and is currently revising this material into a monograph. Her research has received support from the Gates Foundation, the Harry Ransom Center, and most recently the Huntington Library in California, where she conducted archival work for her second book project, a study of Wallace Stevens' aphorisms and short verse.

Literature and criticism from the mid-19th century to present.

Specific teaching interests include:

  • American literature
  • lyric poetry
  • nature writing and environmental criticism
  • the modernist short story
  • the novel and narratology (1830 to contemporary)


At Keble, I teach Introduction to English Literature (Paper 1b), Literature in English 1830-1910 (Prelims Paper 3), and Literature in English 1910-Present Day (Prelims Paper 4). I have also taught papers on close reading, the history of literary criticism, and the modernist short story, and lectured on contemporary Canadian poetry and poetic theory, including Anne Carson and M. NourbeSe Philip.

Dissertations supervised include: E.E. Cummings and loneliness; Gertrude Stein and celebrity; Lydia Davis's short stories; bodily ailment in Joan Didion; Eileen Myles' Afterglow; James Schuyler's colour theory; and breath in Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's textual and visual art.




  You can find my Keble page here.