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Dr. Tina O'Toole

Biography

Dr Tina O'Toole is a literary scholar with research expertise in Irish and diasporic writing, gender studies, and the history of sexualities. In 2016, she won the University of Limerick Excellence in Teaching Award. Her publications include The Irish New Woman (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and recent chapters on Irish women's writing for Irish Literature in Transition 1880-1940 (Cambridge UP, 2020), A History of Irish Women's Writing (Cambridge UP, 2018), Reconnecting Aestheticism and Modernism (Routledge, 2017), and The History of British Women's Writing 1880-1920 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

Her journal publications include articles for Modernism/Modernity, Irish University Review, and New Hibernia Review; she has co-edited several journal special issues, including an issue of Irish University Review on Elizabeth Bowen (2021), with Anna Teekell, and Éire-Ireland on 'New Approaches to Irish Migration' (2012), with Piaras Mac Éinrí. Her essay collections include 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.

Dr O'Toole worked as Principal Project Researcher on the Women in Irish Society Project at University College Cork (funded under PRTLI 1; see www.ucc.ie/wisp) 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), the BA English & History (2014-15), and the MA English (2016-2020)

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

Research Interests

Feminist, queer, social, and anticolonial representations in Irish literature and culture. Specialising in late-nineteenth and twentieth-century Irish writing, predominantly fiction 1880-1930, my scholarship focuses on (frequently occluded) Irish writers, voices, and activism. My publications consistently address Irish feminist and queer Irish interventions from 'Moving into the Spaces Cleared by Our Sisters: Lesbian Community Activism in Ireland and Canada' (2003) to more recent research on writers including George Egerton [Mary Chavelita Dunne] and Elizabeth Bowen.

Teaching Interests

I teach twentieth and twenty-first-century Irish literature, chiefly fiction. Modules I teach annually:
Postgraduate
EH6021 Gender & Sexuality in Irish Writing
CU6041 Literatures of Migration
EH6062 Irish Americas in Literature and Culture
Undergraduate
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

Committee

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

Award

  • 2016 - University Teaching Award

Employment

  • 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

Education

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

Association

  • 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

Publications

Books

2013

The Irish New Woman
O'Toole, T.
(2013) The Irish New Woman
Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan

2005

Dictionary of Munster Women Writers 1800-2000
O'Toole, T.
(2005) Dictionary of Munster Women Writers 1800-2000
Cork : Cork University Press

2005

Documenting Irish Feminisms: The Second Wave
Connolly L., O'Toole, T.
(2005) Documenting Irish Feminisms: The Second Wave
Dublin : Woodfield Press

Book Chapters

2016

The New Woman Flaneuse or Streetwalker? George Egerton's Urban Aestheticism
O'Toole, T.
(2016) The New Woman Flaneuse or Streetwalker? George Egerton's Urban Aestheticism
In Reconnecting Aestheticism and Modernism; Oxford : Routledge

2013

The Ireland That We Dreamed Of? William Trevor's 'The Ballroom of Romance'.
O'Toole, T.
(2013) The Ireland That We Dreamed Of? William Trevor's 'The Ballroom of Romance'.
In William Trevor: Critical Essays; Manchester : Manchester University Press
[ULIR]

2010

Unregenerate Spirits: The Counter-Cultural Experiments of George Egerton and Elizabeth Bowen.
O'Toole, T.
(2010) Unregenerate Spirits: The Counter-Cultural Experiments of George Egerton and Elizabeth Bowen.
In Irish Women Writers: New Critical Perspectives; Bern, Switzerland : Peter Lang
[ULIR]

2010

Adrienne Rich's 'On Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence'.
O'Toole, T.
(2010) Adrienne Rich's 'On Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence'.
In Mobilising Classics: Reading Radical Writing in Ireland; Manchester : Manchester University Press

2009

Angels and Monsters: Embodiment and Desire in Eva Trout
O'Toole, T.
(2009) Angels and Monsters: Embodiment and Desire in Eva Trout
In Elizabeth Bowen (Irish Writers in their Time Series); Dublin : Irish Academic Press
[ULIR]

2008

`Nomadic Subjects': Katherine Cecil Thurston's Max
O'Toole, T.
(2008) `Nomadic Subjects': Katherine Cecil Thurston's Max
In Irish Literature: Feminist Perspectives; Dublin : Carysfort Press
[ULIR]

2008

Ireland: The 'Terra Incognita' of the New Woman Project.
O'Toole, T.
(2008) Ireland: The 'Terra Incognita' of the New Woman Project.
In Out of Context: Irish Nineteenth-Century Women's Prose.; Cork : Cork University Press

2005

Sarah Grand
O'Toole, T.
(2005) Sarah Grand
In Irish Women Writers: An A-to-Z Guide; Westport, CT : Greenwood Press

2005

The New Woman and the Boy in fin de siècle Irish Fiction
O'Toole, T.
(2005) The New Woman and the Boy in fin de siècle Irish Fiction
In New Voices in Irish Criticism 5; Dublin : Four Courts Press

2003

George Egerton, Katherine Cecil Thurston, and 'Iota' [Kathleen Mannington Caffyn] entries
O'Toole, T.
(2003) George Egerton, Katherine Cecil Thurston, and 'Iota' [Kathleen Mannington Caffyn] entries
In Gill and Macmillan Encyclopaedia of Ireland; Dublin : Gill & Macmillan

Edited Books

2016

Women Writing War: Ireland 1880-1922
(2016) Women Writing War: Ireland 1880-1922
O'Toole, T., McIntosh, G. and O'Cinneide, M.(Ed.) Dublin : UCD Press

2012

Memoir, Memory, and Migration. Special issue, The Irish Review
(2012) Memoir, Memory, and Migration. Special issue, The Irish Review
King, J., O'Toole, T.(Ed.) Cork : Cork University Press

2012

New Approaches to Irish Migration. Special issue, Éire-Ireland: Journal of Irish Studies
(2012) New Approaches to Irish Migration. Special issue, Éire-Ireland: Journal of Irish Studies
MacEinri, P., O'Toole, T.(Ed.) Morristown, NJ : Irish American Cultural Institute

2008

Irish Literature: Feminist Perspectives
(2008) Irish Literature: Feminist Perspectives
Coughlan, P., O'Toole, T.(Ed.) Dublin : Carysfort Press

Peer Reviewed Journals

2014

George Egerton's Translocational Subjects
O'Toole, T.
(2014) George Egerton's Translocational Subjects
In Modernism-Modernity;
DOI: 10.1353/mod.2014.0060
[ULIR]

2013

Ce Leis Tu? Queering Irish Migrant Literature
O'Toole, T.
(2013) Ce Leis Tu? Queering Irish Migrant Literature
In Irish University Review;
DOI: 10.3366/iur.2013.0060
[ULIR]

2003

'Hermaphrodite by Force of Circumstances': The New Woman Project of the 1890s
O'Toole, T.
(2003) 'Hermaphrodite by Force of Circumstances': The New Woman Project of the 1890s
In Irish Journal Of Feminist Studies;

2000

Keynotes from Millstreet, Co.Cork: George Egerton's Transgressive Fictions
O'Toole, T.
(2000) Keynotes from Millstreet, Co.Cork: George Egerton's Transgressive Fictions
In Colby Quarterly;
[ULIR]

Book Reviews

2014

Review of Lisa Fitzpatrick Performing Feminisms in Contemporary Ireland
O'Toole, T.
(2014) Review of Lisa Fitzpatrick Performing Feminisms in Contemporary Ireland
In Estudios Irlandeses;

2010

Review of Leanne McCormick Regulating Sexuality: Women in Twentieth-Century Northern Ireland
O'Toole, T.
(2010) Review of Leanne McCormick Regulating Sexuality: Women in Twentieth-Century Northern Ireland
In Canadian Journal of Irish Studies; Kennedy, S.(Ed.)

2009

Review of J.W. Foster Irish Novels 1890-1914
O'Toole, T.
(2009) Review of J.W. Foster Irish Novels 1890-1914
In The Irish Review;

2005

Review of Carmel Quinlan. Genteel Revolutionaries: Anna and Thomas Haslam and the Irish Women's Movement.
O'Toole, T.
(2005) Review of Carmel Quinlan. Genteel Revolutionaries: Anna and Thomas Haslam and the Irish Women's Movement.
In CANADIAN JOURNAL OF IRISH STUDIES;

2004

Review of Jennifer Jeffers. The Irish Novel at the End of the Twentieth Century: Gender, Bodies and Power
O'Toole, T
(2004) Review of Jennifer Jeffers. The Irish Novel at the End of the Twentieth Century: Gender, Bodies and Power
In Modern Fiction Studies;