Diane Prenatt earned a B.A. in French and English and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Indiana University, where she was awarded the David Dickason Prize in American literature. She has taught at Marian University since 1995 and served as department chair from 1995 to 2005. She teaches American and European literature and contributes courses to the Catholic Studies, Honors, and Maymester (study abroad) programs. She is a co-author of Marian University’s Gender Studies and ESL minors and is chair of the Gender Studies committee.
Professor Prenatt’s critical work is concerned with narrative. She is interested in the relation between domestic ritual, ethnic identity, and aesthetics; representations of the body; and issues arising from the practice of life-writing. She has published essays on the work of Willa Cather, Flannery O’Connor, and Mary Gordon. She is currently writing a life of the writer and social activist Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant.