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Sirkka Knuuttila

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1979 …2018

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Education information

PhD, Licentiate in Medicine ABD

Education information

Artistic education

1981 Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, graphics
1977-78 Free Art School
1967-69 Helsinki University Drawing Institute
1975-94 Art History, University of Helsinki

 

 

 

Curriculum vitae

2012 Docent of comparative literature, University of Helsinki

I am studying the concept of subjectivity from the current viewpoints of an enactive "embodied mind" and critical posthumanism. My main interest is how the unconscious and non-conscious aspects of mind are working in literature through the cooperation of memory and imagination. A further focus is individual and collective value-formation through arts amidst our present digital era.

My earlier research topics in the field are three. In the doctoral thesis on Marguerite Duras's trauma fiction, I studied the aesthetics of postcolonial trauma narratives. Second, I investigated literary emotions in the light of Peircean semiotics as well as late Roland Barhes's ideas about affective image. Third, building on the basis of my research on Friederike Mayröcker's lyrics, I published an extensive Finnish selection of her poems, with an afterword concerning Mayröcker's literary career and style (Elämän käpälistä, ntamo 2018).

Besides, in my art exhibitions and performances between 1988 and 2008, I have combined written and spoken lyrics with the instrumental, dance and voice improvisations of various professional artists and lay groups.  

 

Ongoing works

The literary problems of corporeal subjectivity from the perspective of an enactive "embodied mind" in our digitalizing era

  

Academic teaching 

Comparative Literature, University of Helsinki 

2015-16 Representing consciousness in literature in the era of internet, I & II, practicum 

2012 Studying trauma narratives, practicum 

2012 Literary trauma studies, a methodological lecture  

Semiotics, University of Helsinki

2010 Trauma fiction of Marguerite Duras and Sofi Oksanen, a lecture in the series of Studia Semiotica: Freedom and Necessity

2007 Roland Barthes' affective image - lectures in the series on Barthes's semiotics

2002 Measured-experienced-narrated: semiotics of medical case histories - a lecture in the series of Studia Semiotica

Comparative Literature, University of Tampere

2006 Trauma narratives in the light of Marguerite Duras's works. A lecture in the common series of literature and medicine Art and Illness 

Comparative Literature, Women Studies, and Sociology of Arts, University of Joensuu

1996-99 Woman in literature and institutions of literature - a practicum series

1995 Narratology of Marguerite Duras's works, a hermeneutic viewpoint - a lecture 

External positions

Cognitive psychotherapist, advanced level

1 Jun 200518 May 2018

Artist

28 Aug 1988 → …

Physician

1 Jan 197521 Dec 2016

Fields of Science

  • 6122 Literature studies
  • postclassical narratology
  • Marguerite Duras research
  • the aesthetics of trauma narratives
  • Friederike Mayröcker's lyrics
  • experimental poetry
  • Roland Barthes's semiotics
  • affective image
  • the embodied mind
  • social neuroscience
  • Cultural Memory Studies
  • implicit memory
  • Values and attitudes

Publications

Friederike Mayröcker: Elämän käpälistä

Translated title of the contribution: Friederike Mayröcker: From the Paws of LifeKnuuttila, S. (Translator) & Mayröcker, F., 12 Dec 2018, Helsinki: ntamo. 276 p.

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issue

Poliittisesta kollaasista kokijan vapauteen: Friederike Mayröckerin runopuheen vastarinta

Translated title of the contribution: From political collage towards experiential freedom: The resistance of Friederike Mayröcker's speech poetryKnuuttila, S. T., 13 Nov 2018, Avantgarde ja politiikka. Hautamäki, I. (ed.). Helsinki: Suomen avantgarden ja modernismin seura, p. 70-81 12 p.

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

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Fictionalising Trauma: The Aesthetics of Marguerite Duras's India Cycle

Knuuttila, S., 2011, Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang . 310 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

Kapinallinen Marguerite Duras, ulkopuolinen keskiössä

Translated title of the contribution: Rebellious Marguerite Duras, Outsider in the CentreKnuuttila, S., 14 Mar 2014, In : Nuori Voima. 2014, 1, p. 47-51 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleGeneral public

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Sounding Out the Core: The Embodied Self and Wordless Knowing

Knuuttila, S., 2009, "Hello, I say, It's Me": Contemporary Reconstructions of Self and Subjectivity. Kucharzewski, J. D., Schäfer, S. & Schowalter, L. (eds.). Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, Vol. 2009. p. 51-72 22 p. (Mosaic; vol. 2009/36).

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

Open Access
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Projects

Activities

Avantgarde, tiede ja teknologia

Sirkka Knuuttila (Speaker: Presenter)

29 Apr 2019

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

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Avantgarde ja politiikka

Sirkka Knuuttila (Speaker: Presenter)

26 Apr 2018

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

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The XXIst World Congress of the International Comparative Literature Asssociation (ICLA/AILC)

Sirkka Knuuttila (Speaker: Presenter)

25 Jul 20161 Aug 2016

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

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Literary representation of consciouness II: The embodied mind in the age of Internet

Sirkka Knuuttila (Speaker: Keynote)

20 Jan 20162 Mar 2016

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

Saksaa suomeksi: Friederike Mayröcker

Sirkka Knuuttila (Speaker: Keynote)

14 Feb 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Talks

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Press / Media

Olli Lyytikäinen's One Night's Work - The Viewpoint of the model

Sirkka Knuuttila

01/02/2010

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media