Elina Valovirta is University Lecturer at the Department of English, University of Turku, Finland and a member of the Academy of Finland research project Out of the Ordinary. Challenging Commonplace Concepts in Anglophone Literature. Her fields of inquiry include Caribbean women’s writing, affect, sexuality, reader theory and feminist pedagogy. She is the author of Sexual Feelings. Reading Anglophone Caribbean Women’s Writing Through Affect (2014, Rodopi), and has published articles in journals such as The Feminist Review, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Sexuality & Culture and English Studies.
Publications related to SELMA include:
Valovirta, Elina & Kuortti, Joel. 2016. Losing one’s illusions: Affective sense-making in Salman Rushdie’s Joseph Anton and the popular media. Anglia: Journal of English Philology 134(3): 491—505.
Valovirta, Elina, Kokkola, Lydia & Janne Korkka. 2014. The smell of an impossible dream — Dallas, migration and creative failure in Angie Cruz’s Let It Rain Coffee. The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 49:2, 229—242.
Valovirta, Elina. 2013. Blowing the love-breath: Healing men in Caribbean women’s writing. Feminist Review, Special Issue 104: Affect and Creolisation. 100—118.
Valovirta, Elina. 2013. Reading the intimacies of shame in Edwidge Danticat’s Breath, Eyes, Memory. In Cooke, Jennifer (ed.). Scenes of Intimacy. Reading, Writing and Theorising Contemporary Literature. London: Bloomsbury Academic. 37—53.