Diane D. Quantic has been an associate professor of English at Wichita
State University since 1973. She serves as coordinator of the Great
Plains Studies Certificate program and teaches courses in Great Plains
literature and in nineteenth and early twentieth century American literature.
In 1986-87 she was a Fulbright Scholar in Bulgaria. In 1993 she served
as President of the Western Literature Association. She is Vice President
of the Mari Sandoz Heritage Society and was a visiting scholar at Chadron
State College in Chadron Nebraska in the spring semester of 2001.
Her book, The Nature of the Place: A Study of Great Plains Fiction won the
Society of Midland Author's award for nonfiction in 1995. Most recently
she has edited A Great Plains Reader with P. Jane Hafen (Taos Pueblo),
an associate professor of English at the University of Nevada at Las
Vegas. She has written entries on Great Plains literature for various
She has been a member of the Kansas Humanities Council Speakers
Bureau for over ten years, giving talks on the Great Plains landscape and
literature to civic groups across the state. She is also a discussion leader
for the Kansas Humanities Council's book discussion series, Talking
About Literature Across Kansas (T.A.L.K.), which takes her to small town
libraries where she has an opportunity to talk about Western American
literature with enthusiastic readers who often have Great Plains
experiences of their own to share.
Diane, who is a native of Manhattan, Kansas holds three degrees from that
town's university, Kansas State: a BA in 1962, an MA in 1966 and PhD in
1971. At Wichita State University she has served as Writing Program
Director and currently is Director of Graduate Studies for the Department
of English. In addition to her years at Wichita State, she has taught at the
University of Northern Colorado and at Alameda High School in
A Great Plains Reader. Lincoln: The University of Nebraska Press, July,
"The Great Plains," A Companion to the Regional Literatures of America.
London: Blackwells, 2003
"Introduction" and "Contemporary Fiction,"and editor of the section, "The
Midwest," Updating the Literary West. Fort Worth: Texas Christian
University UP, 1997.
The Nature of the Place: A Study of Great Plains Fiction. Lincoln: University
of Nebraska Press, Spring, 1995.
William Allen White. Western Writers Series. Boise, ID: Boise State