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 Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the University of Turku, School of History, Culture and Arts Studies. 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, digital humanities and transnational reception of women’s writing. She has published extensively on these topics. She is the author and co-editor of Nordic Literature of Decadence (together with P. Lyytikäinen, R. Rossi and M. Hinrikus, Routledge, 2020), Nainen kulttuurissa, kulttuuri naisessa (Woman in Culture, Culture in Woman, together with H. Grönstrand, R. Hapuli & K. Launis, 2015), a history of Finnish literature Finská literatura (Finnish Literature, in Moderní skandinávské literatury 1870–2000, ed. M. Humpál, 2006, 2nd ed. 2013, e-book 2015), and the monograph Decadent New Woman (Un)bound (2014). She is a member of the Board of the DARIAH-EU Working Group Women Writers in History.
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.