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Jane Tolmie


Jane Tolmie (PhD Harvard, DPhil Oxon, Rhodes Scholar) is a medievalist and literature and comics specialist with research interests in:  performance and theatre (medieval and modern); sequential art; science fiction and fantasy; feminist, queer, and gender theory; autobiography/self-narration; and social justice.   Her current research projects engage with critical disability studies and storytelling, and reproductive justice in popular culture. She supervises MA and PhD students in a range of disciplines including Gender Studies, English, Cultural Studies, and Education.

She is a poet, feminist activist, blogger (HuffPo), and a member of Informed Opinions. She regularly contributes interviews on topics in feminist studies and popular culture, e.g. “Do trigger warnings create a safe space for students, or coddle them?” Interview. CBC Radio The Sunday Edition. 29 November, 2015.

In connection with her work in popular culture, in this case the practice of fanvidding, she is an advocate of public and academic engagement with fandom; see appendix O of a case brought before the U.S. Copyright office at the library of Congress in 2011.

Jane is an Associate Professor in Gender Studies, cross-appointed to English and affiliated with the graduate program in Cultural Studies.

Research Interests

Comics and sequential art, feminism, queer theory, reproductive justice, theatre and performance, science fiction, fantasy, disability studies, art activism. 

Department of English, Queen's University

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Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.