Diane Purkiss

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Diane Purkiss (born 30 June 1961) is Fellow and Tutor of English at Keble College, Oxford. She specialises in Renaissance and women's literature, witchcraft and the English Civil War.

Purkiss was born in Sydney, Australia, and was educated at Roseville College, Our Lady of the Rosary Convent, and Stuartholme School. She received a BA with first class Honours from the University of Queensland and D.Phil from Merton College, Oxford. She became Lecturer in English at the University of East Anglia in 1991, and Lecturer in English at the University of Reading in 1993. In 1998 she became Professor of English at Exeter University, before taking up her current post at Keble College in 2000.

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As author:

  • The Witch in History: Early Modern and Late Twentieth Century Representations (Routledge, 1996)
  • Troublesome Things: a history of fairies and fairy stories (Allen Lane, 2000)
  • Literature, Gender, and Politics during the English Civil War (Cambridge University Press, 2005)
  • The English Civil War: A People's History (HarperCollins, 2006).

As editor:

Purkiss also writes children's books with her son, Michael Dowling, under the pseudonym Tobias Druitt.

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