Kaisa Kaakinen

Dr. Kaisa Kaakinen, University Teacher in Comparative Literature at University of Turku, coordinator of SELMA as of January 1st, 2017.

Research areas: intersections of literature, history, literary studies and historiography; theories and practices of comparison in comparative literature; transnational and postcolonial studies; memory studies; biographical forms and documentary strategies in contemporary literature; 20th and 21st-century literature (especially in German).

Relevant Publications:

Comparative Literature and the Historical Imaginary: Reading Conrad, Weiss, Sebald. Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming in 2017).

“Melancholy and the Narration of Transnational Trauma in W. G. Sebald and Teju Cole.” In Hanna Meretoja & Colin Davis (eds.): Storytelling and Ethics: Historical Imagination in Contemporary Literature and Visual Arts. Routledge (forthcoming in 2017).

“A Readjustment in Our Bearings. Untimely Reference in Peter Weiss’s The Aesthetics of Resistance.” In: Pirjo Lyytikäinen et al (eds.): Rethinking Mimesis. Concepts and Practices of Literary Representation. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012.

Markus Huss, Kaisa Kaakinen, Jenny Willner (eds.): “Dislocating Literature: Transnational Literature and the Directions of Literary Studies in the Baltic Sea Region.” Theme section in Baltic Worlds. Vol. 5:2, 2012.

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