Dr. Petra Tournay-Theodotou

School : School of Humanities, Social and Education Sciences
Department : Department of Humanities
Position : Professor, English Literature

Dr. Petra Tournay-Theodotou Mailing Address

22713115 22713115

Email: P.Tournay@euc.ac.cy P.Tournay@euc.ac.cy


Petra Tournay-Theodotou is Associate Professor of English at European University Cyprus, where she teaches Postcolonial, British, African-American and Women’s literature. She obtained both her Masters and PhD in English and Spanish language and literature from the University of Aachen, Germany. Due to her academic background in two cultures, her publications include journal publications and book chapters on Spanish, Latinamerican and British literature and a monograph on the Spanish poet Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer. Recently, her research focus has been on Black British, British Asian and migrant literature with special interest in the work of Caryl Phillips. She is a regular reviewer for Postcolonial Text and Assistant Editor of Cadences, A Journal of Literature and the Arts in Cyprus.  She is currently working on the work of the Black British author Jackie Kay and in collaboration with Sofía Muňoz Valdivieso (University of Málaga) on an edited volume with the working title Redefining Britishness in Contemporary Black British Writing: British Identities and the Identity of Britain for publication with Cambridge Scholars.



  • Tournay P. La situación de Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer. Untersuchungen zur manieristischen Struktur der Rimas. Romanistischer Verlag, Bonn, 1991.


Journal publications

  • Tournay-Theodotou, P. “Performative Bondage or the Limits of Performing Race in Caryl Phillips’s Dancing in the Dark”. Kunapipi, Journal of Postcolonial Writing and Culture. Vol. XXXI, No. 2, 2009: 94-107.
  • Tournay-Theodotou, P. “Review Lisa Suhair Majaj, Geographies of Light.” Cadences: A Journal of Literature and the Arts in Cyprus. Vol. 7, Fall 2011: 105-106.
  • Tournay-Theodotou, P. “An Interview with Eve Makis” The European English Messenger, Vol. 18,2 Autumn 2009: 46-50.
  • Tournay-Theodotou, P. "Gender and Ethnicity in the Body Politics of Everyday Life: Leone Ross's 'All the Blood is Red'" Interactions, Ege Journal of English and American Studies. Vol. 16,1 Spring 2007: 151-163.
  • Tournay-Theodotou, P. "Apolo y otros mitemas: una lectura metaficcional del cuento Apolo y las putas de Carlos Fuentes." Acta Scientarium Vol. 30, no.1, Jan.–June 2008: 29-35.
  • Tournay, P. “Creative Text Approaches. Theoretical and Didactical Considerations.” CyTEA News, Vol. 3,1 (June 2002): 4-5.
  • Tournay, P. "Into the Heart of the Labyrinth. The Pursuit of Mannerist Traditions in John Banville's Athena." Miscelánea. A Journal of English and American Studies. Vol. 24, 2001: 107-125. --- Chosen for reproduction in Hunter, Jeff (ed.) Contemporary Literary Criticism, Vol 224, 2006.


Book chapters

  • Tournay-Theodotou, P. "Telling Your Story: Trauma and Memory in Leone Ross's Orange Laughter". In: The Invention of Legacy. A Tribute to Hena Maes-Jelinek. Bénédicte Ledent, Marc Delrez (eds.). Amsterdam/ New York: Rodopi (forthcoming)
  • Tournay-Theodotou, P. “I love Cyprus but England is my home”: Eve Makis’s Eat, Drink and Be Married. In: Postcolonial Translocations. Mark Stein (ed.) Cross-Cultures Series, Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi (in print)
  • Tournay-Theodotou, P. “Fortress Britain: Hospitality and the Crisis of (National) Identity in Monica Ali’s In the Kitchen”. In: On the Move: Journeys of Refugees in New Literatures in English. Gheeta Ganapathy-Doré, Helga Ramsey-Kurz (eds.) Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012: 11-23.
  • Tournay-Theodotou, P. "Strange Encounters: Nationhood and the Stranger in Caryl Phillips's A Distant Shore". In: Caryl Phierihic place of desireh Fictionyl Phillips'llips: Writing in the Key of Life. Bénédicte Ledent, Daria Tunca (eds.) Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2012: 293-307.
  • Tournay-Theodotou, P. “Reconfigurations of ‘home as a mythic place of desire’: Bernardine Evaristo’s Soul Tourists”. In: Projections of Paradise: Ideal Elsewheres in Postcolonial Migrant Literature.  Helga Ramsey-Kurz, Cross-Cultures 132, Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2011:105-121.
  • Tournay, P. “The Empire Writes Back: Anti-Colonial Nationalism in Costas Montis’s Closed Doors and Rodis Roufos’s The Age of Bronze". In: Hubert Faustmann, Nicos Peristianis (eds.) Britain in Cyprus: Colonialism and Post-Colonialism 1878-2006. Mannheim/Moehnsee: Bibliopolis, 2006: 359-380.
  • Tournay, P. “Challenging Shakespeare: Strategies of Writing Back in Zadie Smith’s White Teeth and Caryl Phillips’s The Nature of Blood". In: Refracting the Canon in Contemporary British Literature and Film. Susana Onega, Christian Gutleben (eds.) Postmodern Series 35, Amsterdam/ New York: Rodopi, 2004: 207-229.
  • Tournay, P. "Re-Telling the Past: Metafiction in Caryl Phillips's Diasporic Narratives" In: Bridges Across Chasms: Towards a Transcultural Future in Caribbean Literature. Bénédicte Ledent (ed.) University of Liège, 2004: 89-99.
  • Tournay, P. "Colonial Encounter: Lawrence Durrell's Bitter Lemons" In: Lawrence Durrell and the Greek World. Anna Lillios (ed.), Susquehanna University Press, 2004: 183-199.
  • Tournay, P. “El texto como espejo: Elementos de la narrativa narcisista en los cuentos de Manuel Rivas.” In: Hans Felten, David Nelting (eds.) ...se vi rimembra di Narciso ... Metapoetische Funktionen des Narziss-Mythos in romanischen Literaturen. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2003: 127-136.
  • Tournay, P. “Fragmentos de un discurso de amor: La Rima XI (“Yo soy ardiente”) de Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer.” In: Anna-Sophia Buck et.al. Versos de amor, conceptos esparcidos… Diskurspluralität in der romanischen Liebeslyrik. Münster: Daedalus Verlag, 2003: 193-201.
  • Tournay, P. “Home, Hybridity and (Post)Colonial Discourse in Caryl Phillips’s A State of Independence.” In: Christian Mair (ed.)The Politics of English as a World Language. New Horizons in Postcolonial Cultural Studies. Amsterdam/ New York: Rodopi, 2003: 219-232.
  • Tournay, P. "¿Qué es poesía? Estructuras manieristas en las Rimas de Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer. In: Hans Felten, David Nelting (eds.) Fuente sellada… Aproximaciones al discurso manierista en la lírica española. Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2001: 89-97.
  • Tournay, P. “Jorge Luis Borges: Narciso deconstruído y resurrecto? Una lectura metaficcional de Los espejos velados”. In: Branka Ramsak Kalenic (ed.) Actas de las Jornadas Internacionales sobre Jorge Luis Borges. Ljubljana: Universidad de Ljubljana, 2000: 139-145.
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