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past present future


Diarmuid has published widely on post-War American literature and is an authority on LGBTQ+ writing in particular.

In addition to WRONG, his critical biography of Dennis Cooper, Diarmuid has written essays on figures like Kathy Acker and Lynne Tillman, and New Narrative writers like Dodie Bellamy, Kevin Killian, and Robert Glück. 'New Narrative Now', his special issue of Textual Practice co-edited with Kasia Boddy is forthcoming in 2020. 

Image: flyer for reading and performance at Beyond Baroque, Los Angeles, January 6, 1985


Diarmuid's current project is a counterhistory of American culture in the twentieth century from the vantage point of waste.

This research explores how writers and artists of colour and queer artists use waste as a concept and material in their work. Looking at figures such as writer James Baldwin, artist Robert Rauschenberg, and photographer Gordon Parks, Diarmuid’s project shows that the culture of marginalised groups allows us to see waste differently. This research is funded by the Leverhulme Trust in the form of an Early Career Fellowship. 

Image: still from Jack Smith's Normal Love (1964)


Diarmuid’s next project documents queer social spaces that have disappeared from the urban landscape as a result of the AIDS epidemic, gentrification, and rapid technologisation.

A pilot project was launched in November 2019 with funding from the Cambridge University Diversity fund. A Great Recorded  History is an audio trail of Cambridge’s queer spaces using oral histories and excerpts from the work of queer writers like E.M. Forster, Edward Carpenter, and Ali Smith. Find out more about the trail here.

Image: leathermen in New York, late-1970s