Publications / Papers / Texts

Recent and Forthcoming Publications
(updated February 2019)

‘Emma Bolland can be charged and found guilty of walking through a number of the psychological classics while female. These hybrid-texts have carried me into some of the chasms of hilarity and terror over which the cultural artefacts they address are precariously suspended.’ Joanna Walsh, author of Hotel and Break.up

Considering the processes of speaking, writing, reading, and remembering, through the lens of post-traumatic language, Over, In, and Under moves between fiction, prose-poem, script, and essay. Freud is psychotically mistranslated; Lacan is refigured as an auto-fictional and hallucinatory framing of ‘city’; screenwriting and Twitter pornography are brought to bear on silence; and the forgetting of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein prompts the consideration of the monstrous self.

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Emma Bolland, Over, In, and Under, Manchester: Dostoyevsky Wannabe, 2019


  • ‘Ever Fallen in Love?’, in Love Bites, eds. Andrew Gallix, Tomoé Hill, and C.D.Rose, Manchester: Dostoevsky Wannabe, (due 2019)
  • Sheffield, (ed.), Manchester: Dostoevsky Wannabe, (due 2019)
  • Pitch (working title), with Jake Arnott, London: Ma Bibliothêque, (due 2019)
  • ‘Writing Silence, Lens-ing Speech’, in The Essay, eds Gail Low and Kirsty Young, Dundee: Voyage Out (University of Dundee), (due2020)
  • ‘Subjects of the Gaze: script development as performance’, co-authored with Louise Sawtell, in Script Development: Critical Approaches, Creative Practices, International Perspectives, eds Craig Batty and Stacy Taylor, Palgrave Macmillan, (due 2020)

Current / Recent:

  • ‘White’, in Terra Cotta (ed. Emily Speed), 2019
  • Over, in, and Under, Manchester: Dostoevsky Wannabe, 2019
  • BananaramaArt Writing, with Louise Finney and Rachel Smith, Sheffield: Gordian Projects, 2019
  • Sh! Flight!, with Helen Clarke, Sheffield: Gordian Projects, 2018
  • ‘The Iris Opens / The Iris Closes: Le Silence #2 Scenes 1–13’, in the Journal of Adaptation in Film & Performance, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp. 203–16, 2018
  • Adventures in Ekphrasis, in Corridor8, 2018
  • The Desire for Haiku: reading Roland Barthes The Preparation of the Novel, with Helen Clarke, Louise Finney, Sharon Kivland, Debbie Michaels, Bernadette O’Toole, and Rachel Smith, London: Ma Bibliothêque, 2018
  • Or in the Way we Write in a Dream. Do you see? In Corridor8, 2018,
  • ‘Manus’, in On Violence, ed. Rebecca Jagoe and Sharon Kivland, London: Ma Bibliothêque, 2018
  • Violet, in The Dreamers, ed. Sharon Kivland, London: Ma Bibliotêque, 2017
  • MilkyWayYouWillHearMeCall: Becoming, with Judit Bodor and Tom Rodgers, Sheffield: Gordian Projects, 2017
  • Writing imaginary footnotes for Maria Fusco’s Legend of the Necessary Dreamer, in Minor Literature[s], 2017
  • Over, In, and Under (paragraphs 9 and 10), in Existentialism (CD / book), ed. The Mekons, Portland, OR: Sin Publications with Verse Chorus Press, 2016
  • Flashback, and the Treatment of the Dream, in testing Testing (dialogue), ed. Michael Day and Jo Ray, Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University, 2016
  • Thoughts on Interiors, in Testing Testing (prologue), ed. Michael Day and Jo Ray, Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University, 2016
  • Instructions From Light, in The Editions III, ed. Sharon Kivland, London: Ma Bibliotêque, 2016
  • Category Error / Category Terror, in The Blue Notebook: University of the West of England Journal for Artists’ Books, ed. Sarah Bodman, Volume 11, Issue 1, 2016
  • Over in and Under, after Über Dekkerinnerungen (with accompanying sound work), in 3am Magazine,,  2015
  • I am the Serpent Invaginate, in Cobra Res 1.9: Flash Fiction, ed. Theo Price, London: Cobra Press, 2015
  • Lectolalia (monograph), Sheffield: Gordian Projects, 2015
  • Dog Star: dreaming transmissions from a Cosmonaut Bitch, in Micromegas Vagabond Flux, ed. Tracy Mackenna and Edwin Jannsen, Dundee: The University of Dundee, 2015
  • Every Place a Palimpsest: Creative Practice, Emotional Archaeology, and the Post Traumatic Landscape, in the Association of American Geographers journal GeoHumanities: Space, Place, and the Humanities, ed. Tim Creswell and Deborah Dixon, Volume 1, Issue 1, 2015
  • What is a Book if it will not be a Book? (abstract), in Impact8: Borders and Crossings: The Artist as Explorer, ed. Paul Liam Harrison, Emile Shemilt, Arthur Watson.
 Dundee: University of Dundee: 2014.

Conferences and Symposia: Papers, and Performed Papers
(updated May 2018)


  • Invited speaker, Taking Ideas for a Walk: The Essay Conference 2018, University of Dundee, June 2018
  • ‘[Eye the] Bad Translator: Tongue is an Action, a Gesture, a Tone’, at Critical Reinventions, University of East Anglia, 2018
  • ‘The Iris Opens/The Iris Closes: Le Silence, third iteration’, at Looking Forward to Think Back, A Feminist Space in Leeds, University of Leeds, 2017
  • ‘Le Silence: Auto-fiction, Art Practice, and the Expanded Screenplay’ (performed paper) at the International Screenwriting Research Network Conference: Fact and Fiction, Truth and the Real, University of Otago, New Zealand (August 2017)
  • ‘If the self is the body pierced by language, what is silence? Le silence: second iteration’, (performed paper) at Alternatives, Selves, Ruptures and Limits, Leeds Beckett University, 2017
  • ‘The Iris Opens/The Iris Closes’ (performed paper), at Future Imperfect, Plymouth University, 2017
  • ‘Socialites and Space Invaders’, at Digital Re-enchantment: Place, Writing & Technology, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2016 (guest speaker)
  • ‘Art writing as moving image: exploring the film frame as page’, at the National Association of Fine Art Education ‘Research Practice Practice Research’ Symposium, The University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts, 2016
  • ‘Talking to Myselves: voice manipulation as methodology of affect’ (performed paper), at Moving Performances, St Aldgates College, University of Oxford, 2016
  • ‘Conceptualising the Haptic: the artist’s book in the expanded field’, at Livres d’artistes: the artist’s book in theory and practice, University of Cardiff, 2015
  • ‘The Truths Of Fictions: Post-Traumatic Landscapes, Civic Erasure And The Projects Of Artistic Resistance’, at Unofficial Histories, University of Huddersfield, 2014
  • ‘Fields Of Knowledge: Berger, The Outdoors, And The Possibilities Of Experiential Practice’, at Thinking With John Berger, Cardiff Metropolitan University, 2014
  • ‘What Is A Book If It Will Not Be A Book?’ (performed paper), at the Impact8 International Print Conference, University of Dundee, 2013
  • ‘Every Place A Palimpsest’, at the Occursus Post-Traumatic Landscapes Symposium, Sheffield, 2013.



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