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; science fiction and fantasy; feminist, queer and gender theory; and social justice.   Her current research projects engage with 1. memory and trauma in contemporary women’s comics and 2.  consent, choice and reproductive justice in popular culture. She is working on an edited collection on the art and pedagogy of Lynda Barry. 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;  paintings by BC artist Perry Rath  http://www.perryrath.com/ from their poetry/art collaborative project have been displayed in curated exhibits in BC and NYC. She is cross-appointed to English and affiliated with the graduate program in Cultural Studies, where she is currently Acting Director  (July-Dec 2015). http://www.queensu.ca/culturalstudies/

 Recent publications:  


Jane Tolmie. “Book of Vole (excerpts).” Imaginarium 3: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. Ed.Sandra Kasturi and Helen Marshall. 2015


Drawing from Life: Memory and Subjectivity in Comic Art. Ed. Jane Tolmie. (University Press of Mississippi, 2013). Nominated for 2014 Eisner award. http://www.upress.state.ms.us/books/1612

“Snack.” The Dalhousie Review. Spring 2014.

“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 for the Lost in Medieval Literature. Ed. Jane Tolmie and M. J. Toswell. Medieval Texts and Cultures of Northern Europe. (Brepols Press, 2010). http://www.brepols.net/Pages/ShowProduct.aspx?prod_id=IS-9782503528588-1

"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.

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

“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.