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Petra Tournay-Theodotou
Professor, English Literature
School of Humanities, Social and Education Sciences
Department of Humanities
Academic Qualifications
Qualification Year Awarding Institution Department Thesis title
Doctor of Philosophy 1991 University of Aachen, Germany English and Romance Philology Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer: Die manieristische Struktur der Rimas
Second State Examination 1992 State of Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany Kreative Textproduktion anhand spanischer und suedamerikanischer Textbeispiele.
First State Examination (= Masters) 1987 University of Aachen, Germany English and Romance Philology Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer: Untersuchungen zu den Rimas
Employment History
Period of employment Employer Location Position
From To
1994 present European University (former Cyprus College) Nicosia, Cyprus Faculty
Year Title Other authors Journal and Publisher / Conference Vol. Pages
2017 "Telling Your Story: Trauma and Memory in Leone Ross's Orange Laughter". The Cross-Cultural Legacy. Critical and Creative Writings in Memory of Hena Maes-Jelinek. Ed. By G. Collier, G.V. Davis, M. Delrez and B. Ledent. Cross/Cultures Series, Leiden/ Boston: Brill/ Rodopi 141-151
2017 “More Bitter Lemons: George Tardios’s Poem ‘After the Lemons’”. Deus Loci. The Lawrence Durrell Journal. NS15 57-70
2016 Britishness beyond the New Britain: British identities and the identity of Britain in recent black and Asian British Writing. Special issue. Co-editors: Ulrike Pirker, Sofía Muñoz Valdivieso Journal of Postcolonial Writing Vol. 52, 1
2016 “Coming Unmoored: the Crisis of Belonging and new Ways of Belonging in Caryl Phillips’s In the Falling Snow”. Journal of Postcolonial Writing Vol. 52, 1 51-63
2014 “’Love Letter to My Ancestors’: Representing Traumatic Memory in Jackie Kay’s The Lamplighter”. Atlantis Vol. 36, 2 161-182
2014 “Some Connection with the Place: Jackie Kay’s Red Dust Road”. Wasafiri Vol. 29, 1 15-20
2013 “I love Cyprus but England is my home”: Eve Makis’s Eat, Drink and Be Married. Postcolonial Translocations: Cultural Representation and Critical Spatial Thinking. Stein, Mark et. al. (eds.), Amsterdam/ New York: Rodopi. 253-273
2012 "Strange Encounters: Nationhood and the Stranger in Caryl Phillips's A Distant Shore". Caryl Phillips: Writing in the Key of Life. Bénédicte Ledent and Daria Tunca (eds.). Amsterdam/ New York: Rodopi. 293-307
2011 .Reconfigurations of ‘Home as a Mythic Place of Desire’: Bernardine Evaristo’s Soul Tourists”. Projections of Paradise: Ideal Elsewheres in Postcolonial Migrant Literature. Ramsey-Kurz, Helga with Gheeta Ganapathy-Doré (eds.). Amsterdam/ New York: Rodopi. 105-121
2009 “Performative Bondage or the Limits of Performing Race in Caryl Phillips’s Dancing in the Dark”. Kunapipi: Journal of Postcolonial Writing. Vol. 31, 2 94-107
Research Projects
Date Title Funded by Project Role*
Spring 2018 International research project Bodies in Transit Spanish Ministry of Education Member
Academic Consulting Services/Councils/Boards/Editorial Committees
Period Organization Title of Position or Service Key Activities
2014-2017 EACLALS (European Association for Commonwealth Language and Literature Studies) Board member, Secretary Conference Organization, Publication of Newsletters, Communication with members of the association via email, Website maintenance
2010-present European University Editorial Assistant, Cadences, Literary Journal Selection, Proofreading, Editing of contributions to the journal
ESSE (European Society for the Study of English) Vice-President of CySSE, Cypriot Branch of ESSE Organization of Symposia, communication with members
Awards/International Recognition
Other Achievements