Kuva: Minna Numminen-Jalava
Leader of the project, Viola Parente-Čapková, Ph.D., is Adjunct Professor at the University of Turku and at Charles University, Prague. Currently, she works as a researcher at the University of Turku, School of History, Culture and Arts Studies (recent and current research projects funded by A. Kordelin Foundation and G. & E. Ehrnrooth Foundation). Her fields of expertise are Finnish literature in the European perspective, namely the turn of the 19th and the 20th century, literature written by women, gender studies, otherness in literature, theory of literary history and transnational reception of women’s writing. She has published extensively on these topics. She is the author and co-editor of a history of Finnish literature Finská literatura (Finnish Literature, inModerní skandinávské literatury 1870–2000, 2006, 2nd ed. 2013, e-book 2015), Decadent New Woman (Un)bound(2014) and Nainen kulttuurissa, kulttuuri naisessa (Woman in Culture, Culture in Woman, 2015). In 2013–2016, she worked in a HERA funded European Joint Research Project Travelling TexTs 1790–1914: Transnational Reception of Women’s Writing at the Fringes of Europe.
Viola Parente-Čapková’s contribution to the project is to map and analyse the reception of Russian women writers in Finland in library collections with a focus on transnational aspects of reception, concentrating on the period around the turn of the 19th and the 20th century. She looks at the ways the texts moved from Russia to Finland either directly or via other countries, building on her previous studies on reception of foreign women writers in Finland. A special emphasis is put on the relation of this reception to women’s emancipation and other cultural and political movements. Parente-Čapková will also study the reception of Finnish fin de siècle writers in Russia.