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Humanities and Social Science

Dr Fiona Tolan

Dr Fiona Tolan

Telephone: 0151 231 5106


I specialise in contemporary British fiction, contemporary women's writing and the history of second wave feminism. I am happy to supervise PhD students looking to undertake research in these areas.


2004, Durham University, UK, PhD in English
2000, University of Sheffield, UK, BA (First Class) in English Literature



Tolan F. 2017. "i could say that, too": An Interview with Margaret Atwood Contemporary Women's Writing, 11 :452-464 >DOI

Tolan F. 2017. Introduction Contemporary Women's Writing, 11 :291-296 >DOI

Tolan F. 2010. Review: Liminal Spaces: The Double Art of Carol Shields BRITISH JOURNAL OF CANADIAN STUDIES, 23 :144-145

Tolan F. 2010. Review: Margaret Atwood and the Female Bildungsroman The Review of English Studies, 61 :490-492 >DOI

Journal article

Tolan F. 2017. Aging and Subjectivity in Margaret Atwood's Fiction Contemporary Women's Writing, 11 :336-353 >DOI

Bates C, Roberts G, Tolan F. 2013. Introduction British Journal of Canadian Studies, 26 :165-171 >DOI

Tolan F. 2013. Zadie smith's forsterian ethics: White teeth, the autograph man, on beauty Critique - Studies in Contemporary Fiction, 54 :135-146 >DOI

Murray MA, Tolan F. 2012. Editors' note Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 48 :341-343 >DOI

Tolan F. 2010. Editor's note Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 46 :241-243 >DOI

Tolan F. 2010. "Painting while Rome burns": Ethics and Aesthetics in Pat Barker's Life Class and Zadie Smith's On Beauty Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, 29.2 (Fall 2010)

Tolan F. 2010. "Cleaning gives me pleasure": Feminism and Housework in Carol Shield's Unless Australasian Canadian Studies: a multidisciplinary journal for the humanities and social sciences, 28 (2010)

Wilson J, Tolan F, Lawson Welsh S. 2009. Rerouting the postcolonial Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 45 :121-123 >DOI

Tolan F. 2009. The Psychoanalytic Theme in Margaret Atwood's Fiction: A Response to Burkhard Niederhoff Connotations: A Journal for Critical Debate, 19 (2009/10) :92-106

Tolan F. 2009. "Everyone has left something here": The Storyteller-Historian in Kate Atkinson's Behind the Scenes at the Museum CRITIQUE-STUDIES IN CONTEMPORARY FICTION, 50 :275-290 >DOI >Link

Tolan F, Rudd A. 2007. Introduction Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 43 :1-2 >DOI

Wilson J, Tolan F. 2007. Editors' note and letters Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 43 :243-247 >DOI

Tolan F. 2007. Sucking the blood out of second wave feminism: Postfeminist vampirism in Margaret Atwood's The Robber Bride Gothic Studies, 9.2 (2007)

Tolan F. 2006. Anglophone Canadian literary studies :214-224

Tolan F. 2005. Feminist utopias and questions of liberty: Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale as critique of second wave feminism Women: a cultural review, 16.1 (Spring 2005) :18-32

Tolan F. 2004. guilt and Innocence in the Community and the Self: An examination of mutual responsibility in Margaret Atwood's Surfacing British Journal of Canadian Studies, 17.1

Tolan F. To Leave and to return: Frustrated departures and female quest in Alice Munro's Runaway Contemporary Women's Writing, 4.3 (2010) :161-178

Tolan F. Situating Canada: the shifting perspective of the post-colonial other in Margaret Atwood's The Robber Bride The American Review of Canadian Studies, 35.3 (Autumn 2005) :453-470

Editorial/letter to the editor

Tolan F. 2015. Editors note Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 51 :503-505 >DOI


Tolan F. 2014. 'I am the narrator of this work': Narrative authority in Andrea Levy's The Long Song' Baxter J, James D. Andrea Levy: Contemporary Critical Perspectives :95-108 Bloomsbury. London

Tolan F. 2011. "Was I My Sister's Keeper?": The Blind Assassin and Problematic Feminisms Bouson JB. Margaret Atwood :73-87 Continuum Intl Pub Group 978-0-8264-3062-5

Tolan F. 2008. "He could see her no longer": The negation of femininity through violence in Ian McEwan's fiction Throsby K, Alexander F. Gender and interpersonal violence: language, action and representation :186-199 Palgrave MacMillan. Basingstoke 9780230574014

Tolan F. 2006. Literary theory and criticism Waugh P. Literary theory and criticism :319-339 Oxford University Press, USA 9780199291335

Tolan F. 2006. Modern North American criticism and theory Wolfreys J. Modern North American criticism and theory :214-223 9780748624515

Tolan F. 2006. British fiction today Tew P, Mengham R. British fiction today :128-138 Continuum International Publishing Group 9780826487315


Tolan F. 2010. New Directions Longman 9781408204771

Tew P, Tolan F, Wilson L. 2008. Writers talk: Conversations with Contemporary British Novelists Continuum Intl Pub Group

Tolan F. 2007. Margaret Atwood: Feminism and Fiction Rodopi Bv Editions 9789042022232

Engagement & Impact

Conference organisation:

"Where is Here Now? Canadian Literary Study in the Twenty-first Century", held at the Eccles Centre at the British Library., organiser

Editorial boards:

Margaret Atwood Studies, International Advisory Board

Journal of POstcolonial Writing, Associate Editor,

External committees:

Contemporary Women's Writing Association Executive Committee, Contemporary Women's Writing Association, Membership Secretary,

British Association of Canadian Studies Literature Group, British Association of Canadian Studies, Co-Convenor,

British Association of Canadian Studies Board, British Association of Canadian Studies, Board Member,