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Description of research and teaching

Research

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. 

Teaching

 

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

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications

Passions against the Grain: Decadent Emotions in Finnish Wilderness

Lyytikäinen, P., 2020, Nordic Literature of Decadence. Lyytikäinen, P., Rossi, R., Parente-Čapková, V. & Hinrikus, M. (eds.). New York and London: Routledge, p. 87-101 15 p. 5

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

Decadence in Nordic Literature: An Overview

Lyytikäinen, P., Rossi, R., Parente-Capková, V. & Hinrikus, M., 2019, Nordic Literature of Decadence. Lyytikäinen, P., Rossi, R., Parente-Čapková, V. & Hinrikus, M. (eds.). New York and London: Routledge, p. 3-37 35 p. 1

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

Nordic Literature of Decadence

Lyytikäinen, P. (ed.), Rossi, R. (ed.), Parente-Čapková, V. (ed.) & Hinrikus, M. (ed.), Jul 2019, New York and London: Routledge. 286 p. (Among the Victorians and Modernists; no. 18)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

Synkkä kauhu ja kauhun lumo Poen novellissa Usherin talon häviö

Lyytikäinen, P., Jan 2019, Kiinni fiktioon: Kirjallisuuden tutkimuksesta ja opetuksesta. Murto, M. (ed.). Helsinki: Äidinkielen opettajain liitto, p. 97-102 6 p. (Äidinkielen opettajain liiton vuosikirja).

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

The Specters of Decadence in Later Nordic Literature

Lyytikäinen, P., Rossi, R., Parente-Čapková, V. & Hinrikus, M., 2019, Nordic Literature of Decadence. Lyytikäinen, P., Rossi, R., Parente-Capková, V. & Hinrikus, M. (eds.). New York and London: Routledge, p. 257-272 15 p. 15

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

Projects

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

Rethinking Realistic Worldmaking

Isomaa, S., Lyytikäinen, P., Ahmala, A. & Rossi, R.

01/01/201331/12/2017

Project: Research project

Leena Krohn - Matkalla toiseen todellisuuteen

Lyytikäinen, P.

01/08/200831/05/2011

Project: Research 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

Prizes

Tietokirjailijapalkinto

Lyytikäinen, Pirjo (Recipient), 25 Oct 2014

Prize: Prizes and awards

Tietokirjailijapalkinto

Lyytikäinen, Pirjo (Recipient), 25 Oct 2014

Prize: Prizes and awards

Activities

Symposium on the Aesthetics of (not) Being Moved

Pirjo Lyytikäinen (Chair of organizing committee)

7 Aug 2019

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

Translation and Interpretationas Literary and Epistemic Practices

Pirjo Lyytikäinen (Speaker: Presenter)

29 Nov 2019

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

Shocking Oxymorons: The Aesthetics of Literary Decadence

Pirjo Lyytikäinen (Speaker)

7 Aug 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Esseen voima

Pirjo Lyytikäinen (Speaker)

28 Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation