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Dr. Tina O'Toole


Dr Tina O'Toole is a literary scholar with research expertise in Irish writing, the history of sexualities, and migrant and transnational literatures. In 2016, she won the University of Limerick Excellence in Teaching Award. Her books include The Irish New Woman (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013); Women Writing War: Ireland 1880-1922 (UCD Press, 2016; co-edited with Gillian McIntosh & Muireann O'Cinnéide); and Irish Literature: Feminist Perspectives (Carysfort Press, 2008; co-edited with Patricia Coughlan). She has edited journal issues including a special issue of Éire-Ireland: Journal of Irish Studies (2012; co-edited with Piaras Mac Éinrí) on 'New Approaches to Irish Migration'.

Dr O'Toole worked as Principal Project Researcher on the Women in Irish Society Project at University College Cork (funded under PRTLI 1; see from 1999-2002. This archival research led to the publication of The Dictionary of Munster Women Writers (2005) which she edited, and a study of the second-wave Irish Women's Movement, Documenting Irish Feminisms (2005; co-authored with Linda Connolly). She held a Women's Studies Fellowship at the University of Ottawa in 2001; an IRCHSS Post-Doctoral fellowship at UCC in 2002; and an Irish Studies Fellowship at Queen's University Belfast in 2003.

Having joined UL as a lecturer in English in 2004, she was appointed Assistant Dean (Academic Affairs) for the Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Science in 2005 for a three-year term. She has served twice as subject head of English (2006-9; 2014-2017), and as Course Director for the BA New Media & English (2009-12) and the BA English & History (2014-15). She is now Course Director for the MA English at the School of English, Irish, and Communication.

O'Toole was an elected board member of the Royal Irish Academy Committee for Literatures in English (2009-13)
. An executive member of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (one of the main international associations in the profession) 2013-2017, she served as Treasurer over the same period, and as an editorial board member of the Irish University Review (Edinburgh University Press).

Research Interests

Tina O'Toole studies and teaches Irish literature and cultural studies; her work focuses on women's agency, dissident sexualities, and diasporic and transnational positions and representations. She is a specialist on the literature of the fin de siècle and on Irish prose of the long twentieth century. She has also published on feminist theory and activism, and on migrant and transnational literatures.

Teaching Interests

I teach twentieth and twenty-first-century Irish literature, chiefly fiction. Modules I teach annually:
EH6021 Gender & Sexuality in Irish Writing
CU6041 Literatures of Migration
EH6062 Irish Americas in Literature and Culture
EH4018 Contemporary Irish Writing
EH4028 Study of a Major Irish Author: James Joyce, Elizabeth Bowen
EH4036 Irish Literature 1930-1960

My central research and teaching interest is in Irish writers and activists of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This concentration on writers including 'George Egerton' [Mary Chavelita Dunne], Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth Bowen, James Joyce, and others, underlines their efforts to write their way out of the restrictive cultural and social circumstances they found themselves in during the difficult early years of the new Irish state. One of my books, The Irish New Woman (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), focuses on the turn of the twentieth century, and has opened up scholarly attention to the 'invisible' women writers of that generation.

Professional Activities


  • 2018 Board of the Munster Literature Centre,
  • Royal Irish Academy Committee for Literatures in English,


  • 2016 - University Teaching Award


  • 2016 University of Limerick - Senior Lecturer
  • 2009 University of Limerick - Lecturer
  • 2005 University of Limerick - Junior Lecturer
  • 2004 University of Limerick - Teaching Assistant
  • 2003 Institute of Irish Studies, Queen's Belfast - Research Fellow in Irish Studies
  • 2002 IRCHSS at NUI Cork - IRCHSS Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
  • 1999 HEA (PRTLI 1) at NUI Cork - Project Researcher
  • 1999 HEA (PRTLI 1) at NUI Cork - Project Researcher


  • 2001 NUI - PhD
  • 1993 UCD - M A
  • 1991 UCD - BA


  • Member, Society for the Study of Nineteenth Century Ireland
  • Editorial board member, European Journal of English Studies
  • Member, NUIG-UL Gender ARC
  • External board member, GREP on Gender, Culture and Identity (UCD, QUB, UL)
  • , American Conference for Irish Studies
  • , European Society for the Study of English
  • Executive Member, International Association for the Study of Irish Literature




The Irish New Woman
O'Toole, T.


Book Chapter


The New Woman Flaneuse or Streetwalker? George Egerton's Urban Aestheticism
O'Toole, T.
Reconnecting Aestheticism and Modernism


Adrienne Rich's 'On Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence'.
O'Toole, T.
Mobilising Classics: Reading Radical Writing in Ireland


Angels and Monsters: Embodiment and Desire in Eva Trout
O'Toole, T.
Elizabeth Bowen (Irish Writers in their Time Series)


Ireland: The 'Terra Incognita' of the New Woman Project.
O'Toole, T.
Out of Context: Irish Nineteenth-Century Women's Prose.


`Nomadic Subjects': Katherine Cecil Thurston's Max
O'Toole, T.
Irish Literature: Feminist Perspectives


The New Woman and the Boy in fin de siècle Irish Fiction
O'Toole, T.
New Voices in Irish Criticism 5


Sarah Grand
O'Toole, T.
Irish Women Writers: An A-to-Z Guide


Edited Book

Other Publication


Review of J.W. Foster Irish Novels 1890-1914
O'Toole, T.
The Irish Review

Peer Reviewed Journal


Ce Leis Tu? Queering Irish Migrant Literature
O'Toole, T.
Irish University Review DOI: 10.3366/iur.2013.0060