Jenny Diski: A Celebration

Recordings from the online conference, Jenny Diski: A Celebration (12-13 April 2021). This event was hosted by the University of Oxford's Department for Continuing Education and convened by Dr Ben Grant, Departmental Lecturer in English Literature.


This event was supported by the Oxford Centre for Life-Writing, the Faculty of English Language and Literature, and Kellogg College.


Welcome by Ben Grant

Joanna Price, ‘On Walking, Falling, Writing: Genre and the Feeling Body in Jenny Diski’s Memoirs’

Blake Morrison, ‘ “Writer. Period.” The Unclassifiable Jenny Diski’ (Keynote speech)


Ben Grant, ‘ “Curled Up in the Place of Questions”: Belief and Doubt in Jenny Diski’s Then Again


Diane Gagneret, ‘ “This is a Place of Madness”: Borderline Stories in Jenny Diski’s Monkey’s Uncle

Sarah Lightman, ‘ “I Forget That I Already Wrote It”: Repetition and Remembering in the works of Jenny Diski, Aline Kominsky-Crumb and Sarah Lightman’

Gunnþórunn Guðmundsdóttir, ‘Narrative and Genre: Diski and Life Writing’

Marisa Nakasone, ‘An Excess of Reality: Pain, Language, and the Modern Madwoman in Jenny Diski’s Nothing Natural

Lisa Mullen, ‘ “A kind of grow-your-own narrative”?: Unwriting the Cancer Memoir in Jenny Diski’s In Gratitude'

Gerd Bayer, ‘The Unapologetic Writer: Jenny Diski, Michel Montaigne, and Marie De Gournay’


Ian Patterson: Concluding remarks. And close.

Note: the recording for Eliza Maureen Altenhof, ‘ “Diagnosis” in Jenny Diski’s In Gratitude’ is unavailable.