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Description of research and teaching

I’m specialized in genetic criticism and study of literary manuscripts. I defended my doctoral thesis Säkeiden synty. Geneettinen tutkimus Otto Mannisen runokäsikirjoituksista (Birth of Verses. Genetic Study of the Poetry Manuscripts of Otto Manninen) in 2012, where I studied the writing processes of Otto Manninen’s (1872−1950) poems: ( In my postdoctoral study I have analysed the relationship of Manninens’ poetry and rhyming folksongs. This study combines methodology of genetic criticism, metrical studies and folkloristics.

Currently I work in prof. Lotte Tarkka's Academy of Finland research project MuMOC: The Muted Muses of Oral Culture. Ideology, transnationalism and silenced sources in the making of national heritages and literatures. 

I’m also worked during 2016−2017 as a researcher in Finnish Literature Society’s unit, Edith – Critical Editions of Finnish Literature, with Aleksis Kivi’s novel Seitsemän veljestä (Seven brothers). I have also thought the course Archives and literary research (2006−2017) and the course Critical editing (2017−2019). I'm a co-writer of Tekstuaalitieteiden sanasto (Glossary of Textual Studies, 2010):

External positions

Apurahatutkija, Finnish Literature Society, Research Department

11 May 2017 → …

Researcher, Finnish Literature Society, Critical Editions of Finnish Literature

3 Apr 201610 May 2017

Fields of Science

  • 6122 Literature studies
  • Manuscript Studies
  • Literary Archives
  • Textual Studies
  • Genetic Criticism
  • Textual Criticism
  • Symbolism
  • Folksongs
  • Relation between literature and oral tradition

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