Dr DeAnn Bell



My writing and research is intended to subvert expectations brought on by the identity-based category of Southern Women’s Writing and to underline the inherent flaws of basing contemporary textual classification on the physical body of the writer. I am interested in creative and critical projects connected to writing against or to subvert the English Literary Canon and identity prescriptive literary criticism. In addition to this I am interested in research in a variety of areas including, but not limited to: teaching creative writing, writer’s block, speculative fiction, creative nonfiction, Southern women’s writing, short story, English literary canonisation, graphic novels, identity, Gothic fiction, marginalisation and multiculturalism, censorship in contemporary writing, practice-led research in writing, and cross-disciplinary or hybrid projects.

Professional Memberships

FHEA- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2014.

NAWE- Professional Member of the National Association of Writers in Education, 2015.


Recent Publications: 

“Writing Against ‘the Canon’: Writing as Resistance to Representational Group Identity” in TEXT Special Issue: Identity, Politics and Writing, scheduled for October 2018

“Blind Date”in Normal Deviation, WonderBox Publishing, scheduled for April/May 2018

“The Missing” flash fiction for Open Pen promotional insert, Issue 20, November 2017

“Crone Maiden” a creative nonfiction response to “The Giantesses Apron” collected by P.H. Emerson, Sage Woman, Issue 92,October 2017

“The Empire Builder”- creative nonfiction, accepted for publication in Sage Woman, Issue 92, October 2017

“Fallow Times”- feature length article accepted for publication in Witches&Pagans, TBA

“Teaching Creative Nonfiction Outside of the Traditional Workshop”, Writers in Education

June 2016

“Invisible Monsters” in Open Pen Magazine, Issue 16, June 2016

“Dorm Witch: Selecting Ritual Tools for University Spaces” in Pagan Dawn, Samhain Issue 197, October 2015

“In My Kitchen” published in HARTS & Minds: The Journal of

Humanities and Arts, Vol. 2, No. 1, Autumn 2014 http://media.wix.com/ugd/4b5f1a_28d06d52b3ca46b09e6a7ebd5726bf24.pdf

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2016 - PhD , My Mother's Handbag: Questioning Categorisation in English Literary Canonisation
  • 2012 - BA , English Literature with Creative Writing (First Class Hons)

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