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Maarit Leskelä-Kärki

Specializing in

  • Finnish literature, 19th century
  • Cultural history of women’s writing
  • Autobiographical sources and methodologies
  • Current research deals with women’s biographical traditions in Finland from the end of the 19th century onwards

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Some recent publications relevant for NEWW

  • (with Ritva Hapuli) "The public and private worlds of writing", in Bruce Johnson and Harri Kiiskinen (eds.), They do things differently there. Essays on Cultural History. Cultural History - Kulttuurhistoria 9, Turku, 2011, pp. 185-210.
  • "Songs of Comfort and Lamentation. Autobiographical Connections in the Texts of the Ageing Aino Kallas", in Aino Kallas. Negotiations with Modernity, Leena Kurvet-Käosaar and Lea Rojola (eds.). Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura/Finnish Literature Society, 2011, p. 198-214.
  • "Narrating life stories in between the fictional and the autobiographical", Qualitative Research, special issue edited by Liz Stanley. 2008/8, p.325-332 (online)
  • "Constructing sisterly relations in epistolary practices: The writing Krohn sisters (1890-1950)", in NORA, Life-writing special issue, 2007/1, p.
  • Kirjoittaen maailmassa. Krohnin sisaret ja kirjallinen elämä. Helsinki, Finnish Literature Society, 2006. 685 s. [Lives in writing: the Krohn sisters, PhD)

Realized or planned activities/publications in NEWW-context

  • Participating, as member of the Management Committee and of Working Group 3, in COST Action IS 0901 “Women Writers In History” (2009-2013); cf. COST website; member of Working Group 3, Sources
  • Presenting the paper "Women Biographers and the Uses of Source Material in Life-Writing." at the 21st International Congress of Historical Sciences, session: Biography and microhistory (chaired by Giovanni Levi). Amsterdam, August 2010.
  • Participating in Colloquium “Women’s Authorship and Literatures of Small Countries in the 19th Century” (Ljubljana World Capital of Books and COST-WWIH), Ljubljana September 2010
  • Participation in the Women Telling Nations: 1st Milestone conference, Madrid 11-13 November 2010
  • Upcoming: participation in panel "Women's Biographical Traditions Across Europe" together with Katja Mihurko-Poniz, Tiina Kinnunen, Renee Frangeur, and Birgitte Possing at the IABA Europe 2011: Trajectories of (Be)longing: Europe in Life-Writing conference, Tallinn, May 2011.


  • maarit.leskela[at]utu.fi

SvD, March 2012

  • Participants > Leskela

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