Merja Polvinen

  • PL 24 (Unioninkatu 40)

    00014

    Finland

20022020

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Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

Teaching in 2020-2021

  • BA Programme in Languages (English):
  • Literature Tutorial
  • BA Thesis Seminar: Storytelling and the Mind
  • Individual study guidance (HOPS)
  • MA Programme in English Studies:
  • Research Design for MA Thesis Writers in Literature
  • Narrative Theory - Fiction and Autobiography
  • Independent Study Option: Contemporary British Metafiction

Twitter: @MerjaPolvinen

Photo: Johan Wahlgren for SCAS

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

Fields of Science

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

Publications

The Place of the Cognitive in Literary Study: [Special Issue / Collection]

Kukkonen, K. (ed.), Kuzmicova, A. (ed.), Christiansen, S. L. (ed.) & Polvinen, M. (ed.), 2019, Cogent OA, an imprint of Taylor & Francis. (Cogent Arts & Humanities; vol. 6)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

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

Mimetic and Synthetic Views of Characters: How Readers Process “People” in Fiction

Polvinen, M. & Sklar, H., 2019, In : Cogent Arts & Humanities. 6, 15 p., 1687257.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
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Projects

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

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

Estonian Research Council, Estonian Ministry of Science and Education (External organisation)

Merja Polvinen (Assessment)
May 2020

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in review committee

Press / Media

YLE Kulttuuriykkösen radiohaastattelu Helsingin kirjamessuilla

Merja Polvinen

25/10/2018

1 item of Media coverage

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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

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HelMet vinkit: Tieteiskirja treenaa aivoja parhaiten

Merja Polvinen

26/03/2015

1 Media contribution

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