Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois

Dr. Diana E Sheets

Research Scholar of English

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Book Contributions

Short Stories

  • "Embers." Sensations Magazine. 2005. 8.
  • "Flatland Niceties." Liquid Ohio. 2003. 3.
  • "Ashes Out of Phoenix." Sensations Magazine. 2002. 11.
  • "A Gantseh Tsimmes." Sensations Magazine. 2002. 7.

Journal Articles

  • "Reading in the Internet Age: The Seventeen Rules of Engagement." The New Mexico Journal of ReadingThe New Mexico Journal of Reading XXVIII.3 (2008):


  • "Academe, Theory, and Our Cultural Demise." Literary Gulag. 2008.
  • "Doris Lessing, Nobel Laureate, and the XX/YY Axis." Literary Gulag. 2007.
  • "Ian McEwan's incredibly Shrinking Member." Literary Gulag. 2008.
  • "Junot Diaz: Not Your Average Homeboy." Literary Gulag. 2008.
  • "Literary Fiction and 'Adam's Curse'." Literary Gulag. 2007.
  • "Norman Mailer: "History as a Novel/The Novel as History." Literary Gulag. 2008.
  • "The "Pink and White Tyranny" & Its Toll on Fiction." Literary Gulag. 2008.
  • "Politics & Literature: Framing the Political Narrative for Victory in the 2008 Presidential Election." Literary Gulag. 2008.
  • "Storytelling, Memoir, and the 2008 Presidential Election." Literary Gulag. 2008.
  • "The Sarah Palin Effect." Literary Gulag. 2008.
  • "Tom Wolfe Got It Right." Literary Gulag. 2007.
  • "V.S. Naipaul's perspective on the Irrelevancy of Fiction & Its Implications for the Rest of Us." Literary Gulag. 2007.
  • "Virtue." Literary Gulag. 2007.
  • "What the Publishers Won't Admit About the Demise of the Great American Novel." Literary Gulag. 2008.
  • "Memoir as Lie." Literary Gulag. 2007.
  • "Obama's 2008 Victory and the End of Bamidbar (Wandering in the Wilderness)." Literary Gulag. 2008.
  • "Barack Obama's Postmodern Presidency and the Implications for Policy." Literary Gulag. 2008. <>.
  • "Journalism in the Age of the Internet." Literary Gulag. 2008. <>.
  • "Solzhenitsyn, Truth, & the Dismal Fate of Literature in the 21st Century." Literary Gulag. 2009.
  • "Watchmen, Superhero Comics, and the Loss of Consciousness." Literary Gulag. 2009.
  • "What Do Carl Schmitt's 'The Concept of the Political' and Saul Alinsky's 'Rules for Radicals' Reveal About the Obama Narrative?." Literary Gulag. 2010.
  • "The Influences Driving Obama's Narrative: What's at Stake in the Civil War Between Democrats and Republicans in the 2010 Elections." Literary Gulag. 2010.
  • "Reinventing America in the Aftermath of the 2010 Midterm Elections--the Greatest Reality Show on Earth." Literary Gulag. 2010.
  • "BookExpo America, 2011: The State of the Book." Literary Gulag. 2011.
  • "Twilight, Harry Potter, and the Youthful Reader: Morality, Gender, and $$$s in Today's Fantasy Blockbusters." Literary Gulag. 2011.
  • "Romanticism, Existentialism, and the Postmodern Cult of Self." Literary Gulag. 2011.
  • "The Loss of an Authoritative Culture in America and Its Impact on the Aspirational Middlebrow Reader." Literary Gulag. 2012.
  • "Righteous Battles: The Foundations of Political Warfare in the 2012 Presidential Election: Fiction Versus Reality, Part 1, Obama." Literary Gulag. 2012. <>.
  • "What's Memoir Got To Do With It? The 2012 Presidential Election: Fiction Versus Reality, Part 1, Obama ." Literary Gulag. 2012.
  • "What's Memoir Got To Do With It? The 2012 Presidential Election: Fiction Versus Reality, Part 2, Romney." Literary Gulag. 2012.
  • "Obama's 2012 Victory: The Demographic Becomes the Narrative." Huffington Post. Huffington Post, 2012. 21 Dec. 2012. <>.
  • "Obama's Second Term: DDG (Deadlock, Debt, & Guns)." Literary Gulag. 2012.
  • "Leibovich's This Town: The Tittle-Tattle Flibbertigibbet Musing of a Fashionisto Political Reporter in the Washington Beltway." Huffington Post. Huffington Post, 2013. 30 Oct. 2013. <>.
  • "Commencement Speakers, Academic Freedom & the Pursuit of Excellence." Huffington Post. Huffington Post, 2014. 19 May 2014. <>.
  • "The Crisis in the Humanities: Why Today's Educational and Cultural Experts Can't and Won't Resolve the Failings of the Liberal Arts." Huffington Post. Huffington Post, 2013. 15 Jul. 2013. <>.
  • "Obama's 'Kingdom of Virtue': All Is Fair in Political Warfare Though Victory May Be Fleeting." Huffington Post. Huffington Post, 2012. 18 Nov. 2012. <>.
  • "Our Superheroes Romney and Ryan: Why YOu Should Hope Republicans Win the Presidential Election." Huffington Post. Huffington Post, 2012. 18 Oct. 2012. <>.
  • "Post-Convention Bytes: The 2012 Presidential Election and the Obama/Romney Divide." International Business Times. International Business Times, 2012. 18 Sep. 2012. <>.

Newspaper Articles

Magazine Articles

  • "How Demography Becomes the Narrative for Obama's 2012 Victory." National Journal. 18 Dec. 2012.