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Description of research and teaching


Pirjo Lyytikäinen is a specialist of Finnish fin de siècle symbolism, decadence and early modernism. Lyytikäinen’s works on Finnish symbolism and decadence, in particular her monograph Narkissos ja sfinksi (‘Narcissus and the sphinx’ 1997), are widely recognized in the field. In English, the articles “Decadent Tropologies of Sickness,” in Decadence, Degeneration, and the End (2014) and the article “Female Monsters, Visionary Protagonists: Epiphanies in Nordic Decadence” in States of Decadence (2016) represent the most recent contributions to this field.

Her interests in Finnish literature also cover areas of modernism (a monograph and articles on Volter Kilpi, a modernist of the 1930’s), romantic writing (a monograph on the nineteenth-century author Aleksis Kivi) and contemporary allegorical writing (a monograph and articles on Leena Krohn).

Her theoretical work has focused on literary genres and modes (a, monograph and an edited volume Lajit yli rajojen & articles in Finnish and the edited volume Genre and Interpretation (2010) & articles in English), and questions of mimesis (Rethinking Mimesis (2012) in English).

Lyytikäinen’s most important recent research area is literature and emotions: as a project-leader of the area she has already published articles on the topic in Finnish and the  article “How to Study Emotion Effects in Literature” 2016 in English. Her focus on this field is on the poetics of moods, including the study of fin de siècle moods. 



Lyytikäinen has taught a great number of courses at all levels for thirty years. In recent years her teaching comprises yearly seminars in the master’s programme of Finnish literature and in the doctoral programmes, including national doctoral programmes and international doctoral training (mainly the PhDnet Literary and Cultural Studies).


Her lecture series include courses on Symbolism and Decadence, Literature and Nature Fantasy, Leena Krohn’s allegorical fantasy, Genres in Literature, Mimesis, and Emotions in Literature.



Fields of Science

  • 6122 Literature studies
  • Modernisms, literature and emotions, genres and modes

Publications 2003 2018

Leena Krohn: hyönteisiä ja ihmisiä

Lyytikäinen, P., Aug 2018, 3 p. Helsinki : Suomen Kansallisteatteri.

Research output: Other contributionResearch

Leena Krohn ja Valeikkunan unet

Translated title of the contribution: Leena Krohn and dreams in the novel ValeikkunaLyytikäinen, P., Sep 2018, Muisti ja uni kirjallisuudessa. Kajannes, K. (ed.). Helsinki: Acta Semiotica Fennica, Vol. LIV. p. 96-109 14 p. (Acta Semiotica Fennica; vol. LIV).

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

Pilviä maailmanlopun taivaalla: Leena Krohnia lukiessa

Translated title of the contribution: Clouds on the Sky at the End of the World: Reading Leena KrohnLyytikäinen, P., Mar 2018, Helsinki: Teos. 224 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookGeneral public

The Provocative Flora of Decadence: From Charles Baudelaire and Émile Zola to Octave Mirbeau

Lyytikäinen, P., Jul 2018, In : Excavatio. XXX, 10 p., 9.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Uhrautujia ja viettelevä paholainen - Canzion naiset

Translated title of the contribution: Self-sacrifice ja a she-devil - Women in Canzio (Aleksis Kivi's tragedy)Lyytikäinen, P., Aug 2018, Ihmissydän: Henkilöitä ja kohtaloita A. Kiven maailmoissa. Holopainen, R., Katajamäki, S. & Kokko, O. (eds.). Helsinki: ntamo, p. 19-24 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterGeneral public

Projects 2008 2016

Tunne ja tieto

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


Project: Other project

Leena Krohn - Matkalla toiseen todellisuuteen

Lyytikäinen, P.


Project: Research project

Styles of Mimesis

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

Suomen Akatemia


Project: Research project



Pirjo Lyytikäinen (Recipient), 25 Oct 2014

Prize: Prizes and awards


Pirjo Lyytikäinen (Recipient), 25 Oct 2014

Prize: Prizes and awards

Activities 1997 2018

Referee for the Adjunct Professor title (Docent) of Elina Arminen

Pirjo Lyytikäinen (Participant)
Jun 2018Aug 2018

Activity: Other activity typesTypes for other activities - Other

Pilviä maailmanlopun taivaalla

Pirjo Lyytikäinen (Speaker)
28 Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Mitglied der Prüfungskommission (Event)

Pirjo Lyytikäinen (Board member)
28 Jun 2018

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board

Aleksis Kiven Canziosta sarjassa Aristoteleen kantapää

Pirjo Lyytikäinen (Speaker)
2 Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation