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Dr Fiona Doloughan

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Professional biography

I have an academic background that covers a number of fields and disciplines: European Studies; Education; and English & Creative Writing. My academic home is in Comparative Literature and my PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA looked at concepts of realism in the 19th and 20th century French and English novels; I also have a Masters in Applied Linguistics from the University of Reading. Prior to joining the Open University, I taught Creative Writing for several years in the newly established Department of English at the University of Surrey. Since joining the Open University in May 2011, I have occupied a number of roles, including a brief stint as Head of Department (2015-7).

Research interests

My research revolves around the development of the novel and on the forces (societal, cultural, technological, linguistic) shaping that development. My first monograph, Contemporary Narrative: textual production, multimodality and multiliteracies (Continuum, 2011) focussed on identifying and illustrating through a case study approach some key trends and issues in a range of 20th and early 21st century narratives through the dual lens of multimodality and multiliteracies. It treated storytelling across modes and media as well as examining the kinds of stories told by writers with access to more than one language and culture.

My second monograph, English as a Literature in Translation (Bloomsbury, 2016) picked up in effect where the first one left off, focussing on ‘narratives of translation’, that is to say narrative works produced by writers with access to more than one language and culture where issues of translation (in multiple senses) are thematised in and contribute to their creative practice.

I am currently embarked on a new project that will look at fictional autobiography, memoir and autofiction in English and European literature. 

I am a member of two Research Groups within the Department of English & Creative Writing, namely Contemporary Cultures of Writing and the Postcolonial and Global Literatures Research Groups.



Doloughan, Fiona (2018), “Translation as a Motor of Critique and Invention in Contemporary Narrative: The case of Xiaolu Guo”. In Rachael Gilmour and Tamar Steinitz (eds), Multilingual Currents in Literature, Translation and Culture. New York and London: Routledge, pp. 150-167.

Doloughan, Fiona J. (2016), English as a Literature in Translation. New York and London: Bloomsbury Academic

Fiona J. Doloughan (2016), “Translating Culture: Linguistic Attachment, Detachment and (Self)-Narration”. In Peter I. Barta and Phil Powrie (eds), Bicultural Literature and Film in French and English. New York and London: Routledge, pp. 237-247.

Fiona Doloughan (2016), “Translation, Storytelling and Multimodality”. In Interférences littéraires/Literaire interferenties, Multilingual E-Journal for Literary Studies, No. 19, November 2016, Special issue on Pseudo-translation edited by Beatrijs Vanacker and Tom Toremans. Available at:

Fiona Doloughan (2015), “The Construction of Space in Contemporary Narrative: A Case Study”. In Journal of Narrative Theory 45:1 (Winter 2015), pp. 1-17.


I have supervised three PhD students to completion and am currently co-supervising with Delia da Sousa Correa another student, Monika Sobotta who is working on the reception of Katherine Mansfield in Germany.

I am willing to supervise students with research interests in contemporary fiction; the evolution of the novel form; and more generally in the areas of narrative production, creativity, and translation.


Teaching interests

I have written teaching materials for modules in English Literature (chapters on Synge and Winterson for A335, Literature in Transition: 1800 to the present) and English language (a chapter on “Narratives of Translation and Processes of Adaptation” for E302, Language and Creativity). I will be writing teaching material for our new level 2 module, A233, The Novel and Beyond (first presentation 2019J).

I am currently on the module team of A105, Voices, Texts and Material Culture; A215, Creative Writing; and A335, Literature in Transition: 1800 to the present.

Impact and engagement

My interest in and commitment to European Literature, including literature in translation, has led to involvement in literature events including chairing a number of panels at the British Library in connection with European Literature Night.

Most recently, I chaired a panel at the first Milton Keynes Literature Festival (September 22-26, 2017) on “Literature in Translation: Peirene Press in Conversation” with publisher and writer Mieke Ziervogel, German author Kerstin Hensel and translator Jen Calleja.

I have given a number of talks on aspects of my research most recently at University of Birmingham (November 2016) and Northampton (April 2017).



Translation, Storytelling and Multimodality (2016-11-03)
Doloughan, Fiona
Interférences littéraires/Literaire interferenties, 19 (pp. 107-122)

The construction of space in contemporary narrative: a case study (2015-03)
Doloughan, Fiona
Journal of Narrative Theory, 45(1)

Transforming texts: learning to become a (creative) writer through reading (2012)
Doloughan, Fiona
New Writing: The International Journal For the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, 9(2) (pp. 182-203)

Bottling the Imagination: writing as metamorphosis in Ali Smith's Girl Meets Boy (2010-11)
Doloughan, Fiona
New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, 7(3) (pp. 241-251)

Text design and acts of translation: the art of textual remaking and generic transformation (2009)
Doloughan, Fiona J.
Translation and Interpreting Studies, 4(1) (pp. 101-115)

Narratives of travel and the travelling concept of narrative: genre blending and the art of transformation (2006-06)
Doloughan, Fiona
The Travelling Concept of Narrative, 1 (pp. 134-144)

Reflections on the concept of 'voice' in translation (2005-01)
Doloughan, Fiona
In Other Words: The Journal for Literary Translators(26) (pp. 26-33)

"Reading Images, Telling Tales: Meaning-Making and the Culture of Narrativity" (2005)
Doloughan, Fiona
International Journal of Learning, 11 (pp. 1697-1701)

The language of reflective practice in art and design (2002-04)
Doloughan, Fiona J.
Design Issues, 18(2) (pp. 57-64)

Translating the self: Ariel Dorfman's bilingual journey (2002)
Doloughan, Fiona J.
Language and Intercultural Communication, 2(2) (pp. 147-152)

English as a Literature in Translation (2015-11-19)
Doloughan, Fiona J.
ISBN : 978-1-62892-509-8 | Publisher : Bloomsbury | Published : London

Contemporary Narrative: Textual Production, Multimodality and Multiliteracies (2011-06-02)
Doloughan, Fiona
ISBN : 978-1-4411-2800-3 | Publisher : Continuum | Published : London and New York

Communication Skills and the Knowledge Economy: language, literacy and the production of meaning (2001-11)
Doloughan, Fiona
Perspectives on Education Policy
ISBN : 0-85473-643-3 | Publisher : Institute of Education | Published : London, U.K.

The problematics and performance of self-translation: The case of Xiaolu Guo (2019-03-13)
Doloughan, Fiona
In: Bennett, Karen and Queiroz de Barros, Rita eds. Hybrid Englishes and the challenge of and for translation: Identity, mobility and language change. Routledge Advances in Translation and Interpreting (pp. 21-36)
ISBN : 978-1-138-30740-7 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : New York

Translation as a Motor of Critique and Invention in Contemporary Literature: The Case of Xiaolu Guo (2017-08-23)
Doloughan, Fiona
In: Gilmour, Rachael and Steinitz, Tamar eds. Multilingual Currents in Literature, Translation and Culture. Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature (pp. 150-167)
ISBN : 978-1-13-812053-2 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : New York and London

Translating culture: linguistic attachment, detachment and (self)-narration (2015-12-22)
Doloughan, Fiona J.
In: Barta, Peter I. and Powrie, Phil eds. Bicultural Literature and Film in French and English. Routledge Studies in Comparative Literature (pp. 237-247)
ISBN : 978-1-13-883286-2 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon

Multimodal storytelling: performance and inscription in the narration of art history (2010)
Doloughan, Fiona J.
In: Page, Ruth ed. New Perspectives on Narrative and Multimodality. Routledge Studies in Multimodality (1) (pp. 14-30)
ISBN : 978-0-415-99517-5 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : New York and Abingdon, Oxon.

The myth of the great return: memory, longing and forgetting in Milan Kundera's Ignorance (2004)
Doloughan, Fiona J.
In: Hanne, Michael ed. Creativity in Exile. Rodopi Perspectives on Modern Literature (29) (pp. 141-150)
ISBN : 90-420-1843-7 | Publisher : Rodopi | Published : Amsterdam and New York, NY, U.S.