Postdoctoral researcher, Tampere University / Kone Foundation

Expertise:

Narrative theory, embodied cognition, phenomenology of reading, feminist theory, critical medical humanities, trauma studies, ethics, modernist and contemporary literature

Contact:

anna.ovaska@tuni.fi /

anna.ovaska@gmail.com

About

I am a literary scholar working in the fields of narrative theory, embodied cognition, phenomenology, critical medical humanities, and feminist theory. I am especially interested in the representation and evocation of experiences of pain and illness in fictional and nonfictional narratives.

I work currently at Narrare (Centre for Interdisciplinary Narrative Studies) at Tampere University. My post-doctoral project is entitled “Reading Experiences of Pain: Enactive and Critical Perspectives on Suffering in Narrative Fiction” (Koneen säätiö/Kone Foundation, 2020-2023). I am also editor of Finnish philosophical magazine niin & näin.

I defended my doctoral dissertation Fictions of Madness: Shattering Minds and Worlds in Modernist Finnish Literature at University of Helsinki and Justus Liebig University, Giessen (cotutelle degree) in February 2020.