• PL 24 (Unioninkatu 40)




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Description of research and teaching

Teaching in 2023-2024

  • BA Programme in Languages (English):
  • Literature Tutorial
  • Individual study guidance (HOPS) and portfolio work

  • MA Programme in English Studies:

  • Research Design for MA Thesis Writers in Literature
  • MA Thesis Seminar in Literature
  • Cognitive Literary Studies
  • Independent Study Option: Contemporary British Metafiction

Mastodon: @MerjaPolvinen@hcommons.social

Photo: Johan Wahlgren for SCAS

Education/Academic qualification

Comparative literature, Docent, University of Helsinki

Award Date: 17 May 2017

English philology, PhD

Award Date: 27 Jan 2009

External positions

Erik Allardt Visiting Fellow, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study

Sep 2019Jun 2020

Visiting Scholar, Literature, Cognition and Emotions (LCE) / University of Oslo

2 Aug 201930 Aug 2019

Visiting Scholar, Project Narrative / The Ohio State University

1 Feb 201230 Apr 2012

Fields of Science

  • 6122 Literature studies
  • cognitive narratology
  • literature and science
  • fictionality
  • contemporary literature
  • British literature
  • American literature
  • speculative fiction