Diane Freedman

Core Faculty Member, Women’s Studies
Phone: (603) 862-0257
Office: English, Hamilton Smith Hall Rm 349R, Durham, NH 03824
Diane P. Freedman

Diane P. Freedman is author of Midlife with Thoreau: Poems, Essays, Journals and An Alchemy of Genres: Cross-Genre Writing by American Feminist Poet Critics, editor of Millay at 100: A Critical Reappraisal, and co-editor of The Intimate Critique: Autobiographical Literary Criticism, Autobiographical Writing across the Disciplines: A Reader, and The Teacher's Body: Embodiment, Authority, and Identity in the Academy. She has contributed  to the volumes Teaching Prose; Constructing and Reconstructing Gender; Confessions of the Critics; Anxious Power: Reading, Writing, and Ambivalence in Narrative by Women; The Intimate Critique; and Personal Effects: The Social Character of Scholarly Writing, and to many journals, among them ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment, The Bucknell Review, College Literature, the EDIS Journal, Women and Language, Fourth River, Permafrost, Cornell News, Crazyquilt and Foreign Literary Studies. She has also published poems and personal essays in Sou'wester, Sunrust, Roberson Poetry Annual, Wind, Ascent, and the volume Shorewards: A Collection of American Women’s Coastal Writings. She earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington, an M.A. in creative writing from Boston University, and M.A.T. and A.B. degrees in English from Cornell University. Her fields and courses span American literature, nature writing, contemporary memoir, poetry, autobiographical criticism, women's studies, and Jewish studies.


Poetry, Nature Writing, Feminism, Contemporary Memoir, American Creative Non-Fiction, Holocaust Studies


  • Ph.D., English, University of Washington
  • M.A., Creative Writing, Boston University
  • M.A.T., English, Cornell University
  • A.B., English, Cornell University

Research Interests

  • American creative non-fiction
  • Contemporary memoir
  • Feminism
  • Holocaust Studies
  • Nature writing
  • Poetry

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 521: Nature Writers
  • ENGL 745: Contemp American Literature
  • ENGL 747: Studies in American Poetry
  • ENGL 787: Sem/Lit of Cabin in Woods
  • ENGL 788: Senior Honors
  • ENGL 797: Special Studies in Literature
  • ENGL 797/897: Special Studies in Literature
  • ENGL 935: Sem/Studies Americn Literature
  • WS 505: Survey/Women's Writing

Selected Artistic Activities & Publications

International Poetry Night, three original poems (2017).

"The Emerald Pool" (2017).

Freedman, D. (2017). Ecological Echoing: Following the Footsteps. In R. Silbergleid, & K. Quyn (Eds.), Reading and Writing Experimental Texts (pp. 29-39). Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature.

Midlife with Thoreau: Poems Essays Journals (2016).

From Midlife with Thoreau, The Ecopoetry Anthology, and Black Nature (2016).

"A Walk in the Words"--for which I served as Project Humanist (2016).

Freedman, D. (2016). Wild Apple Associations. In L. M. Browning (Ed.), Wildness: Voices of the Sacred Landscape (pp. 37-40). Mystic, CT: Homebound Publications.

Freedman, D. P. (2008). Maternal Memoir As Eco-memoir. Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, 15(2), 47-58. doi:10.1093/isle/15.2.47

Freedman, D. P. (1997). A Whale of a Different Color Melville and the Movies The Great White Whale and Free Willy. Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, 4(2), 87-96. doi:10.1093/isle/4.2.87

FREEDMAN, A. L., & FREEDMAN, D. P. (1991). VANGOGH - MENIERES-DISEASE - EPILEPSY - PSYCHOSIS. JAMA-JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, 265(6), 723. Retrieved from http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/

Most Cited Publications