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Dr Michelle Deininger BA, MA, PhD (Cardiff), FHEA

Dr Michelle Deininger

BA, MA, PhD (Cardiff), FHEA

Coordinating Lecturer in Humanities

029 2087 0000
21-23 Senghennydd Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF24 4AG


As a Co-ordinating Lecturer, I oversee Humanities provision in Continuing and Professional Education at Cardiff, including English Literature, English Language, Philosophy, Creative Writing, Media, Historical Studies and various other areas. I completed my PhD in English Literature in 2013, which mapped a tradition of Welsh women’s short fiction in English. I’m currently working on a co-authored monograph for University of Wales Press with Dr Claire Flay-Petty (Cardiff Metropolitan) on women’s writing networks and access to higher education in Cardiff in the 1920s, entitled Scholarship and Sisterhood: Women, Writing and Higher Education. The book will explore the interrelated lives and publications of a network of women writers who were all educated at what was then the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire, including Dorothy Edwards (1902-34), Kathleen Freeman (1897-1959), Winifred Kelly (c.1902-c.1949), S. Beryl Jones (1901-1994), Sona Rosa Burstein (1897-1971), and Liliane Clopet (1901-1987).


I returned to education as a mature student, having completed part of my undergraduate studies at Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education – Oxford’s equivalent to Cardiff’s Continuing and Professional Education. I undertook my AHRC funded PhD at Cardiff University, completing my thesis in the field of Welsh women’s short fiction in English. I have worked in a range of educational settings, from widening access to a gifted and talented sixth form programme. My higher education roles include Postgraduate Tutor for first year undergraduates at Cardiff University (2009-2013), University Teacher at Cardiff University’s Continuing and Professional Education (2014-17), Lecturer in English at Cardiff Metropolitan University (2014-15), and University Teacher in English Literature at Cardiff University’s School of English, Communication and Philosophy (2015-16). I became Co-ordinating Lecturer in Humanities at CPE in October 2017. My research interests include the short story, women’s writing, feminist theory, ecocriticism, nineteenth-century newspapers, literary networks, literature and higher education, and widening access.

Honours and awards

Nomination for a Student-Led Teaching Fellowship (2016): Nominated by level 4 students for teaching excellence at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Teacher Hero (2015): Awarded by Aberystwyth University for excellent teaching, inspiration and support between FE and HE.

Best Postgraduate Paper, British Association for Victorian Studies (2013): ‘Uneasy Neighbours’ Conference, University of Southampton.

Sir Julian Hodge Prize in English Literature, Cardiff University (2007): £1,000 awarded to the student with the highest overall mark at undergraduate level.


I currently co-ordinate the Inside Narratives Pathways to a Degree in English literature, English Language and Communication, and Philosophy. I teach on several modules on Inside Narratives including the core module, Inside Literature, and New Ways of Reading: Ideology and the Text. I also teach on the Our Media, Our World Pathway, on The Media and Me: Gender, Sexuality, and Identity.


Book Chapters and Reviews

Deininger, Michelle, ‘Pylons, Playgrounds and Power Stations: Ecofeminism and Landscape in 1970s Women’s Short Fiction from Wales’, in Ecofeminism in Dialogue, ed. Douglas A. Vakoch and Sam Mickey (Lexington, 2018)

Cox, Natalie, and Michelle Deininger, ‘“Different shades of green”: Elizabeth Gaskell’s EcoGothic Short Fictions’, in Victorian Ecocriticism: The Politics of Place and Early Environmental Justice, ed Dewey W. Hall (Lexington, 2017)

Deininger, Michelle, ‘“Life in our villages is practically no life at all”: Sketching the rural-urban shift in nineteenth-century depictions of Wales’, Rural-Urban Relationships in the Nineteenth-Century: Uneasy Neighbours?, ed Barry Sloan and Mary Hammond (Routledge, 2016)

Deininger, Michelle, ‘Legacies of Recuperation: Feminism, Suffrage and the New Woman in the Honno Classics Series’, Latchkey, IV (Spring, 2012). Available here.

Deininger, Michelle, ‘“It was forbidden, strictly forbidden”: Contesting Taboo in I Sent a Letter to My Love’, in Mapping the Territory: Critical Approaches to Welsh Fiction in English, ed Katie Gramich (Cardigan: Parthian, 2010)

Magazine Articles

Deininger, Michelle, ‘Working Class Voices’, Wales Arts Review, 8 April 2018. Available here.

Deininger, Michelle, ‘My journey from a council estate to a PhD’, Times Higher Education, 18 April 2018. Available here.

Deininger, Michelle and Claire Flay-Petty, ‘The Cash-Box and The Specimen Tin’, Planet: The Welsh Internationalist (May/June 2017)

Forthcoming Publications


Deininger, Michelle and Claire Flay-Petty, Scholarship and Sisterhood: Women, Writing and Higher Education (University of Wales Press, 2019).

Book Chapters

Deininger, Michelle, ‘The Short Story in the Twentieth Century’, Cambridge History of Welsh Literature, ed Geraint Evans and Helen Fulton (Cambridge University Press, 2018)

Deininger, Michelle, ‘“False Misrepresentations”: Rewriting culture, place and form in the short fiction of Lynette Roberts’, in Locating Lynette Roberts: ‘Always Observant and Slightly Obscure’, ed Gareth Evans and Siriol McAvoy (University of Wales Press, 2018)

Deininger, Michelle and Gemma Scammell, ‘Extinction is Forever: Ecofeminism and Apocalypse in Louise Lawrence's Young Adult Short Fiction’, in Ecofeminist Science Fiction, ed. Doug Vakoch (2019)

Edited Editions

Annotated edition of Kathleen Freeman’s The Intruder and Other Stories (1926) for Honno Press’s Honno Classics series. Estimated publication date 2021.

Higher Education Publications

‘Case study: Having the Difficult Conversation: How Retention is being Addressed at Cardiff Met’, with Claire Morgan and Sophie Leslie, Higher Education Academy Strategic Enhancement Programme: Transition, Retention and Attainment, 2016. Available here.


Areas of expertise