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During my studies and my time as a PhD student at Aarhus University, Denmark, I became increasingly interested in narrative theory. I have contributed to establishing agendas on three issues. One is first person narration and was first presented in the article “The Impersonal Voice in First-Person Narrative Fiction” published in Narrative. The second is “Unnatural Narratology” where I co-established an international research group at the ISSN-conference in Ottawa, which is still influential. Recently A Poetics of Unnatural Narrative, which I co-edited and contributed to, was published on the subject. In the last 4-5 years I have become increasingly interested in fictionality conceived of as a result of a fundamental human cognitive ability to process not only what is, but to imagine, project, produce, and to communicate also what is possible and non-actual, and therefore prevalent not only in fiction. Last year I published the book Fiktionalitet (2013) which won the Danish text book award, and “Ten Theses on Fictionality” with James Phelan and Richard Walsh is forthcoming in Narrative January 2015. At Aarhus, I head the research group Narrative Research Lab (http://nordisk.au.dk/forskning/forskningscentre/nrl/intro/), and the recently established “Centre for Fictionality Studies” (http://fictionality.au.dk/) both of which have close ties to several researchers in Tampere, especially Maria Mäkelä.  I take joy in collaborative efforts within and across disciplines, and that is one reason that many of my works are co-authored and co-edited and my interest in talent development and promoting the careers of other scholars as well as hosting visiting researchers.

 
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