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Dr Fiona Doloughan

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Profile summary

  • Senior Lecturer (Literature & Creative Writing)
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Art His, Class St, Eng&CW, Mus
  • English & Creative Writing
  • fiona.doloughan

Professional biography

I joined the Open University as a Lecturer in English (Literature and Creative Writing) in May 2011 from the University of Surrey where I taught Creative Writing in the newly established Dept. of English. I have a dual background in Comparative Literature and Applied Linguistics and was educated at the Universities of Warwick, Reading and Queen’s University Belfast in the UK and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the USA where I completed a PhD on theories of realism in the 19th and early 20th century French and English novel.  

Research interests

My research interests revolve around two main strands: Contemporary Narrative Practice; and Translation and Creativity. I am interested in the ways in which the novel form is evolving in relation to the affordances of the new technologies; and in the possibilities of multilingualism for enhanced creativity. In 2011 I published a monograph with Continuum on Contemporary Narrative: textual production, multimodality and multiliteracies in which I explored some of these questions. My current work is more focussed on narratives of translation and the creative potentials of linguistic border-crossing. I am currently completing my second book on English as a Literature in Translation.
I am a member of the Contemporary Cultures of Writing Research Group at the Open University and convened a series of seminars on Translation, Creativity and Creative Writing in the spring of 2013 held at the Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London. This seminar series was supported by an application to the Faculty Research Sub-Committee for Funding.


Doloughan, Fiona (2012), “Transforming texts: learning to become a (creative) writer through reading”. In New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, 9 (2), pp. 182-203.
Doloughan, Fiona J. (2011), Contemporary Narrative: text production, multimodality and multiliteracies. London and New York: Continuum
Doloughan, Fiona (2010), “Bottling the Imagination: Writing as Metamorphosis in Ali Smith’s Girl Meets Boy”. In New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, vol. 7, issue 3, pp. 241-251.
Doloughan, Fiona J. (2010), “Multimodal Storytelling: Performance and Inscription in the Narration of Art History. In R. Page (ed.), New Perspectives on Narrative and Multimodality. New York and Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 14-30.
Doloughan, Fiona J. (2009), “Text design and acts of translation: The art of textual remaking and generic transformation”. In Translation and Interpreting Studies, 4:1 (2009), 101-115, Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company

Teaching interests

As a consequence of my dual background in literature and language studies, my teaching revolves around a number of related areas including contemporary writing, translation and adaptation, and narrative practices. I am currently a module team member on A215 Creative Writing; A363 Advanced Creative Writing; and A300 20th Century Literature: Texts and Debates. I am also writing a unit on “Translation and Adaptation” for a new level 3 language module E302 Language and Creativity and will shortly begin work on two units for a new level 3 literature module A335 spanning literature from 1800 to the present.

Impact and engagement

In connection with European Literature Night on May 15, 2013, I chaired a Panel Discussion at the British Library on Writing, Creativity and Translation. This was a joint OU/BL venture with support from the European Commission and EUNIC London. 


Translation, Storytelling and Multimodality (2016-11)
Doloughan, Fiona
Interférences littéraires/Literaire interferenties(19) (pp. 15-28)
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 (2016)
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.
Translation as a Motor of Critique and Invention in Contemporary Literature: The Case of Xiaolu Guo (2017-08-28)
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 (2016)
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.

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