The Department of English is delighted to welcome to its ranks Dr. Diane Piccitto, who will be joining us on July 1st in a tenure-stream position. Those of you who were lucky enough to attend her class on Blake when she was here last term already know what an engaging and dynamic — even challenging — addition she will be to our department. We asked her to introduce herself.
Diane Piccitto is delighted to be joining the English Department at Mount Saint Vincent University. Although this will be her first time living in the Maritimes, she welcomes returning home to Canada after many years abroad.
Most recently, she was a lecturer at Plymouth University, England, and before that she was a lecturer at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Diane has a BA from Trent University, where she studied English and Philosophy, and an MA and PhD in English from Western. Her main areas of research are Romanticism, the poet-painter William Blake, drama and performance, as well as identity, action, gender, and sexuality. In addition to Romantic topics, she has taught eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature, Shakespearean drama, queer theory, and film. Her publications include Blake’s Drama: Theatre, Performance, and Identity in the Illuminated Books (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), the co-edited essay collection Romanticism, Rousseau, Switzerland: New Prospects (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), as well as articles on Blake, Byron, the French Revolution, and melodrama.
Diane is very much looking forward to being a part of the English Department at the Mount and getting to know faculty, staff, and students, as well as the East Coast itself.