Laura Dietz

Laura is a novelist who combines writing fiction with the study of digital reading, science in literature, and post-print literary culture. Alongside Laura’s novels and stories she presents and publishes scholarly work, often exploring similar themes including credibility, identity, and reputation. Recent articles and chapters in edited collections include work on online literary magazines, cognitive approaches to literature, the ‘author’ in modern literary careers and the digital short story. Her current creative project is a novel about a biographer of Nikola Tesla – continuing a strand on the depiction of science – and her critical one is on the reputation and legitimacy of digitally distributed novels, with a particular interest in how prestige is constituted for science fiction and fantasy novels.

Selected publications:

Dietz, L. (in press, forthcoming 2017) ‘The short story and digital media.’ In: P. Delaney and A. Hunter, eds. The Edinburgh Companion to the Short Story in English.  Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press.

Dietz, L. (2015) ‘Chapter 22: My Later Endeavours (chapter of Inventions)’, New Writing (Taylor & Francis), Volume 12(3) p. 304-310.

Dietz, L. Warwick, C., Rayner, S. (2015) ‘Auditioning for permanence: Reputation and legitimacy of electronically distributed novels’.  Logos (Brill), Volume 26(4) p. 22-36.

Dietz, L. (2015) ‘Who are you calling an author? Changing definitions of career legitimacy for novelists in the digital era.’ In: N. Evans and G. Davidson, eds. Literary Careers in the Modern Era.  London: Palgrave.

Dietz, L. (2014) ‘Online vs. print reputation of literary fiction magazines.’ Short Fiction in Theory and Practice (Intellect), Volume 4(1), p. 7-21.

Dietz, L. (2013) ‘Consider’, New Writing (Taylor & Francis), Volume 10(3), p. 261-266.

Dietz, L. (2012) ‘Adaptive Fiction: How can evolutionary and cognitive approaches to literature impact creative writing?’ New Writing, Taylor & Francis, Volume 9(2), pp.147-155.

Dietz, L. (2007) In the Tenth House. New York: Random House (Crown).