Merja Polvinen

Person

    Research areas

  • 6122 Literature studies - cognitive narratology, literature and science, fictionality, contemporary literature, British literature, American literature, speculative fiction

Description of research and teaching

Twitter: @MerjaPolvinen

  • Vice-Director of the MA Programme in English Studies
  • Vice-Director of the Doctoral Programme in Philosophy, Arts, and Society

Teaching (English philology, Department of Languages 2018-2019)

  • MA Thesis Seminar
  • Advanced Option: Fiction and Autobiography
  • Advanced Option: Contemporary British Metafiction (exam)
  • Literature Tutorial
  • Academic Writing
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Highlighted publications

  1. A Simple Story of a Complex Mind?

    Polvinen, M. K., 2018, Narrating Complexity. Walsh, R. & Stepney, S. (eds.). Cham: Springer International Publishing

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

  2. Narration and Focalization: A Cognitivist and an Unnaturalist, Made Strange

    Polvinen, M. K. & Mäkelä, M., Sep 2018, In : Poetics Today. 39, 3, p. 495-521 27 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  3. Sense-Making and Wonder: An Enactive Approach to Narrative Form in Speculative Fiction

    Polvinen, M. K., 2018, The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Narrative Theories. Warhol, R. & Dinnen, Z. (eds.). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, p. 67-80 14 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

  4. Cognitive Science and the Double Vision of Fiction

    Polvinen, M. K., 2017, Cognitive Literary Science: Dialogues between Literature and Cognition. Burke, M. & Troscianko, E. T. (eds.). New York: Oxford University Press USA, p. 135-150 16 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

  5. Enactive Perception and Fictional Worlds

    Polvinen, M. K., 2016, The Cognitive Humanities: Embodied Mind in Literature and Culture. Garratt, P. (ed.). London: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 19-34 16 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

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Highlighted activities

  1. 2nd workshop of The Place of the Cognitive in Literary Study: Object and Methods (NOS-HS)

    Merja Polvinen (Speaker: Chair)
    9 Nov 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  2. Narrative 2018

    Merja Polvinen (Speaker: Presenter)
    20 Apr 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  3. Emotion and Self-Reflection in Fiction: Invited talk at the University of Aachen

    Merja Polvinen (Speaker)
    26 Jun 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  4. Enactive Perception of Fictional Space in China Miéville’s "The City & The City": Invited Talk at the University of Oxford

    Merja Polvinen (Speaker)
    24 May 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  5. Worldcon 75 Academic Track: 100 Years of Estrangement

    Merja Polvinen (Chair of organizing committee)
    9 Aug 201713 Aug 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

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Latest projects

  1. iNARR: Instrumental Narratives: The Limits of Storytelling and New Story-Critical Narrative Theory

    Mäkelä, M., Polvinen, M., Meretoja, H., Kortekallio, K., Roine, H., Pettersson, B., Teittinen, J. & Suoranta, E.

    SUOMEN AKATEMIA

    01/09/201831/08/2022

    Project: Research project

  2. The Place of the Cognitive in Literary Study

    Polvinen, M., Kukkonen, K., Kuzmicova, A. & Christiansen, S.

    01/01/201830/06/2019

    Project: Research project

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