Irina Savkina is lecturer in the Faculty of Communication Sciences at the University of Tampere, Finland. She studied Russian language and literature at the university of Sankt-Petersburg (Leningrad|) and holds a master’s degree from the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, and a doctoral degree from the University of Tampere, Finland. She specializes in literary and cultural studies with a focus on history of Russian literature and culture, gender studies, autobiographical studies, Russian popular culture and mass media. She is the author of three books about the Russian women’s literature (e.g. Auto-documentary Women’s Texts in Russian Literature of the first half of the 19th Century / «Разговоры с зеркалом и Зазеркальем: автодокументальные женские тексты в русской литературе первойполовины ХІХ века» (НЛО, Moscow, 2007)) and more than 180 scientific articles, including several articles about the images of women in the Russian literature.
Within the framework of the project Texts on the Move, its aim is to compile a bibliography of translations of Finnish writers into Russian and Russian / Soviet writers into Finnish in “Sever” and “Punalippu” literary journals, published in Petrozavodsk from the post-war period to 1985, as well as a study of the motivation for selecting texts for translation.