Marja Sorvari


Marja Sorvari is Associate Professor (tenure track) in Russian language and culture at the University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu Campus. Her research deals with women’s autobiographical literature, cultural memory and experience, intersections of health and gender, contemporary literature, cultural history of Russian women, and transnational literature. She is the author of About the Self and the Time. On the Autobiographical Texts by Maria Arbatova, Elena Bonner, Emma Gershtein, Tamara Petkevich and Maija Pliseckaja (2004), as well as co-editor of Mapping Experience. Essays on Polish and Russian Women’s Writing (2010), and the first Finnish-language volume on Russian women’s cultural history Naisia Venäjän kulttuurihistoriassa together with Arja Rosenholm and Suvi Salmenniemi (2014).

In the project Sorvari examines the translation and reception of Russian women writers’ texts during the 1940s and 1970s in Finland. The research focuses on the ways in which women writers were introduced to readers: what kind of texts were translated, who were the translators and how were the texts received. Sorvari will also study the translation and reception of Finnish writers in Russia during the same period.


Publications within Text on the Move Project:

Ylirajaiset venäläiset nykykirjailijat Suomessa, Idäntutkimus, Vol. 27, Nro 1, 2020.

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