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Toikkanen, Jarkko

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yliopistotutkija, dosentti

Vastuuoppialat ja -alueet / Discipline

englannin kieli ja kirjallisuus / English language and literature

Yhteystiedot / Contact details

sähköposti: sähköpostiosoitehaku
huone: Pinni B 4071
puhelin: 050 318 1259

Tutkimusintressit / Research interests

Experience of horror in literature, word and image theory, deconstruction and aesthetics, general literary theory. Defended Ph.D. thesis The Break of Paul de Man in October 2008 (opponent prof. Martin McQuillan, Kingston University, UK). Awarded as outstanding dissertation of the year at the University of Tampere in September 2009.

Päättyneet projektit / Previous projects

The Intermedial Experience of Horror: Suspended Failures

The Intermedial Experience of Horror: Suspended Failures is an exploration of the phenomenon of horror from an unusual angle. Whereas many past studies have concentrated on establishing horror as a genre across the media or on observing horror as a catalogue of mental disturbances or collective cultural trauma, this book takes a different approach. Focusing on reading specific examples of literature from Romanticism to Modernism, the study brings together the phenomenon of horror with the topical concepts of experience and intermediality and highlights the complex relations they present. Horror is explored as an experience, one defined and brought into being by a break between the media of words and image. In literature, where images as such are frequently absent and the reader works from words alone, the experience of horror hinges on a suspended failure of the imagination.
The book manuscript was completed in early 2013 and published by Palgrave Macmillan (Basingstoke, UK) in August 2013.

The Grotesque and the Unnatural

This is a collection of articles co-edited with Dr. Markku Salmela and published by Cambria Press (New York, US) in December 2011. See The Grotesque and the Unnatural.

What's more

From August 2016 till July 2018 I’ll be employed as researcher in the Finnish Academy consortium project “The Literary in Life: Exploring the Boundaries between Literature and the Everyday” (2015–2019, PI Prof. Mari Hatavara, University of Tampere).

In the project, I’ll be in charge of the work package “Intermedial Experience and Affectivity”. The study of intermedial experiences focuses on two issues: the concepts of intermediality and experience. Firstly, what kinds of effects do transitions from one medium to another – word to image, for instance – have in terms of how one makes sense of the event? What kinds of affects relate to such transitions? Secondly, as experience is a subjective phenomenon whose representation must happen in language to which others have access, the question of the success or failure of this shift from the private to the public has to be taken seriously. This work package has a close look at these kinds of experiences with varying degrees of success in transitions between media, making visible the intricate theoretical mechanism involved.

I’m also looking for a contract to publish my 2008 Ph. D. thesis on Paul de Man in book form. Currently active as fixed-term university lecturer, in 2011 I worked as Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Westminster (London, UK), funded by the Alfred Kordelin foundation. In 2011, we co-edited with Dr. Salmela three issues of Avain — Finnish Review of Literary Studies for the Finnish Literary Research Society (KTS).

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