Jane Tolmie

Brief Biography

Jane Tolmie (PhD Harvard, DPhil Oxon, Rhodes Scholar) is a medievalist and literature specialist with research interests in poetry and theatre; sequential art; scifi and fantasy; and feminist, queer and gender theory.   Her current research is on memory and trauma in contemporary women’s comics and theatre. She is working on a project tentatively titled ‘Just makin’ the lemonade’: Art Activism in Women’s Comics, featuring artists such as Katie Green, Sarah Leavitt, Lynda Barry, and Debbie Drechsler. This is connected to a GREB-approved set of interviews with eight contributors (ongoing).

She is a poet, feminist activist, blogger (HuffPo), and a member of informediopinions.org. In connection with her work in popular culture, she is an advocate of public and academic engagement with fandom; see appendix O of this case brought before the U.S. Copyright office at the library of Congress in 2011: http://www.copyright.gov/1201/2011/initial/eff.pdf

Publications appear in various academic and creative journals. In 2010 Brepols Press issued her co-edited (with Jane Toswell) volume Laments for the Lost in Medieval Literature in the series Medieval Texts and Cultures of Northern Europe (TCNE 19). The University Press of Mississippi has published her edited collection Drawing from Life: Memory and Subjectivity in Comic Art (2013) which has been nominated for the 2014 Will Eisner Award for Best Scholarly/Academic Work.

GNDS 125 Syllabus Winter 2015 - Final version here

Recent publications:  

“Experiments in Autobiography: The Book of Vole (excerpts).” Strange Horizons. 2013. http://www.strangehorizons.com/2013/20130506/tolmie-p.shtml 

Podcast: http://www.strangehorizons.com/2013/20130527/xpodcast-p.shtml

"York: The Slaughter of the Innocents." Ed. & Intro. The Broadview Anthology of Medieval Drama. Ed. Fitzgerald and Sebastian. Broadview. 2013.

 "Masculinities in Canadian Literature." Jane Tolmie and Karis Shearer. Canadian Perspectives on Men and Masculinities. Ed. Jason Laker. OUP: 2010.

Laments book (see above).  Brepols: 2010.

"Public Scandal and Private Pain:  Joseph's Quite Reasonable Doubts." Performance, Drama and Spectacle in the Medieval City.  Ed. Catherine Emerson, Adrian Tudor, Mario Longtin. Leuven: Peeters, 2010. 253-65.

 "Modernism, Memory and Desire:  Queer Cultural Production in Alison Bechdel's Fun Home."  Topia:  Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies. 22, 2009. 77-95.

"Eve in the Looking-Glass:  Interpretive Labour in the Anglo-Norman Adam play." lectio difficilior:  European Online Journal of Feminist Exegesis. 2, 2009.

"Silence in the Sewing Chamber: Le Roman de Silence."  French Studies.  63:1, 2009. 14-26.

Jane Tolmie is affiliated with the Cultural Studies Graduate Program and Cross-Appointed to English.