Affordances of Memorability: Finnish Reception of the Oppression of Ingrian Finns in the Soviet Union

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By addressing recent discussions on reception within the field of memory studies, this article aims to analyze the reasons for the alleged absence of public memory relating to the history of Ingria and the experiences of Ingrian Finns in Finland by focusing on Inkerin romaani (2002), a posthumous novel by Toivo Pekkanen. Through analysis of three scales of reception, the article explores the dynamics of memory and affordances of memorability. It argues that understanding memory dynamics requires looking at the reception of memory as well as its blockages. Moreover, this article suggests that these aspects of memory dynamics can be fruitfully analyzed and theorized through the notion of affordances of memorability.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMemory Studies
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)909-925
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2 Aug 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 6160 Other humanities
  • memory studies
  • cultural memory
  • literature
  • Ingrian Finns
  • Toivo Pekkanen
  • reception

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