Heath Diehl

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Senior Lecturer

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Degrees and Institutions

Ph.D. English, Bowling Green State University, 2000
B.A. English and Communication (with Honors), Bluffton College, 1995

Areas: Literature, Affiliate faculty in the Honors College

Research Interests: Addiction Fiction, Representations of Trauma, LGBTQ+ Literature and Queer theory, Literary and Cinematic Adaptations, Contemporary Women's Serial Mystery Fiction, Feminist Literature and Theory, Postmodern Literature and Theory

Courses Taught

ENG 2010/ENG 2010H: Introduction to Literature
ENG 3350: Contemporary Drama
HNRS 2010: Introduction to Critical Thinking
HNRS 2020: Critical Thinking about Great Ideas

Select Publications

Addiction, Representation and the Experimental Novel, 1985-2015, Anthem, 2020.

Wasted: Performing Addiction in America, Routledge, 2016

Stages of Sexuality: Performance, Gay Male Identity, and Public Space(s), VDM-Verlag, 2009

“Beyond Machismo/Beyond Modernity: Imagining a Postnational Society in Domingo Villar’s Inspector Caldas Novels.” Crime Fiction and National Identities in the Global Age, edited by Julie H. Kim, McFarland, 2020.

“‘There are times when an old rule should be abandoned, or a current rule should not be applied’: Narration, Innovation, and the Hardboiled Mystery in Sue Grafton’s ‘T’ is for Trespass.” TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses 37(Oct. 2016). Available at: http://www.textjournal.com.au/speciss/issue37/Diehl.pdf.

“Reading Hitchcock/Reading Queer: Adaptation, Narrativity, and a Queer Mode of Address in Rope, Strangers on a Train, and Psycho.Clues: A Journal of Detection 31.1(Spring 2013): 33-43.

“Beyond The Silk Road: Staging a Queer Asian America in Chay Yew’s Porcelain.” Studies in the Literary Imagination 37.1(Spring 2004): 149-168.

“Classic Realism, Irish Nationalism and a New Breed of Angry Young Man in Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane.” M/MLA: The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association 34.2(Spring 2001): 98-117. 

“Breaking Dad: Changing Models of American Fatherhood and the Abjection of the American Everyman in Breaking Bad.”  Pops in Pop Culture: Fatherhood, Masculinity, and the New Man.  Ed. Elizabeth Podnieks.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. 179-194.

“‘Listen to the Silence’: Dismantling the Myth of a Classless Society in the Fiction of Marcia Muller and Sara Paretsky.” Class and Culture in Crime Fiction: Essays on Works in English Since the 1970s. Ed. Julie Kim. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2014.  49-68.

“Reading Hitchcock/Reading Queer: Adaptation, Narrativity, and a Queer Mode of Address in Rope, Strangers on a Train, and Psycho.Hitchcock and Adaptation: On the Page and Screen. Ed. Mark Osteen. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.  113-125.

“Choreographing Disability: Stigma, Handicapability, and Dancing with the Stars.” Different Bodies: Disability in Film & Television. Ed. Marja Mogk. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2013.  165-174.

“‘W’ is for ‘Woman’: Deconstructing the Private Dick in Sue Grafton’s Alphabet Series.” Murdering Miss Marple: Essays on Gender and Sexuality in the New Golden Age of Women’s Crime Fiction. Ed. Julie Kim. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, Inc., 2012. 120-141.

“‘And Death—capital D—shall be no more—semicolon’: Explicating the Terminally-Ill Body in Margaret Edson’s W;t.” The Problem Body: Projecting Disability on Film. Eds. Nicole Markotic and Sally Chivers. Columbus, OH: The Ohio State UP, 2010. 109-128. 

Works in Progress

The Embattled Academy: Staging White Liberalism in Twenty-First-Century U.S. Drama.


The Wood County Humane Society Board of Directors: President (2016-present); Secretary (2015); Public Relations Committee Chair (2014-2016)

Black Swamp Players Board of Trustees: President (2019-present); Secretary (2018-2019)

Northwest Ohio Community Shares Board of Directors (2021-present)

Ombudsperson, BGSU Department of English

Ombudsperson, Honors College

Faculty Advisor, Friends of the Wood County Humane Society

Faculty Advisor, Lady Parts: Women in Comedy

Faculty Advisor, BG Quidditch Team

Faculty Advisor, Free Thinkers Club

Faculty Advisor, Fandom at BGSU

Faculty Advisor, Northwest Ohio Anime Club

Faculty Advisor, Musical Theatre Students


College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award, 2021

National Residence Hall Honorary Enlightened Educator Award, 2012

Student Alumni Connection Master Teacher Award, 2010

Who's Who Among North American Educators, 2014, 2015

Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 2004, 2005


Omicron Delta Kappa Beta Tau Circle

Alpha Lambda Delta National Honors Society

National Society of Leadership and Success

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