• PL 24 (Unioninkatu 40)

    00014

    Finland

20022022
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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

  • Vice-Director of the Doctoral Programme in Philosophy, Arts, and Society

Teaching (English philology, Department of Languages 2018-2019)

  • MA Thesis Seminar
  • Advanced Option: Fiction and Autobiography
  • Advanced Option: Contemporary British Metafiction (exam)
  • Literature Tutorial
  • Academic Writing

Twitter: @MerjaPolvinen

Education/Academic qualification

Comparative literature, Docent, University of Helsinki

English philology, PhD

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

Keywords

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

Publications 2002 2019

  • 26 Article
  • 11 Chapter
  • 5 Anthology or special issue
  • 2 Doctoral Thesis

A Simple Story of a Complex Mind?

Polvinen, M. K., 2018, Narrating Complexity. Walsh, R. & Stepney, S. (eds.). Cham: Springer International Publishing , p. 65-79 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Narration and Focalization: A Cognitivist and an Unnaturalist, Made Strange

Polvinen, M. K. & Mäkelä, M., Sep 2018, In : Poetics Today. 39, 3, p. 495-521 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Sense-Making and Wonder: An Enactive Approach to Narrative Form in Speculative Fiction

Polvinen, M. K., 2018, The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Narrative Theories. Warhol, R. & Dinnen, Z. (eds.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, p. 67-80 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Cognitive Science and the Double Vision of Fiction

Polvinen, M. K., 2017, Cognitive Literary Science: Dialogues between Literature and Cognition. Burke, M. & Troscianko, E. T. (eds.). New York: Oxford University Press USA, p. 135-150 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Open Access
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Enactive Perception and Fictional Worlds

Polvinen, M. K., 2016, The Cognitive Humanities: Embodied Mind in Literature and Culture. Garratt, P. (ed.). London: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 19-34 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Projects 2008 2022

The Place of the Cognitive in Literary Study

Polvinen, M., Kukkonen, K., Kuzmicova, A. & Christiansen, S.

01/01/201830/06/2019

Project: Research project

Tunne ja tieto

Lyytikäinen, P., Rossi, R., Salmela, M., Pyrhönen, H., Vanhanen, T. E., Tepora, T., Voutilainen, L., Palmén, R., Sklar, H. & Polvinen, M.

01/01/201531/12/2016

Project: Other project

Styles of Mimesis

Lyytikäinen, P., Polvinen, M., Rossi, R., Isomaa, S., Nyqvist, S. & Kivistö, S.

Suomen Akatemia

01/01/200831/12/2010

Project: Research project

Activities 2000 2019

Narrative 2019

Merja Polvinen (Speaker: Chair)
31 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

3rd workshop of The Place of the Cognitive in Literary Study: Purpose (NOS-HS)

Merja Polvinen (Speaker: Presenter)
24 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Emotion and Self-Reflection in Fiction: Invited talk at the University of Aachen

Merja Polvinen (Speaker)
26 Jun 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Narrative Inquiry (Journal)

Merja Polvinen (Reviewer)
Mar 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

Press / Media

YLE Kulttuuriykkösen radiohaastattelu Helsingin kirjamessuilla

Merja Polvinen

25/10/2018

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Haastattelu Uniikki-lehden Hyvä tietää -kolumniin

Merja Polvinen

02/12/2017

1 item of media coverage

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Varoitusvalo palaa. Ekokritiikki haluaa herättää

Merja Polvinen

08/05/2017

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

HelMet vinkit: Tieteiskirja treenaa aivoja parhaiten

Merja Polvinen

26/03/2015

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media