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Matti Hyvärinen

Matti Hyvärinen

Research Director (10%)

Phone: 050 318 6093
E-mail: matti.k.hyvarinen(at)
Room: LINNA 5051


New room: LINNA 5051

Real phone number: +358 40 822 4045

Office hours: by appointment

Research interests:

Narrative research and theory, the conceptual history of narrative, social genres of narrative.

Narrative theory and research are the foci of my academic interest. My long-term project has been to investigate the conceptual history of narrative, the way the understanding about narrative changes historically, geographically and disciplinarily over the past 50 years. This project  is integral part of the sociology and history of human sciences. As a part of this work, I have indeed re-written the histories of the narrative turns. My objective has been to initiate and carry on in-depth conversation between the literary scholars and social scientists about narrative theory. The social genres of narrative are my most recent topic of research interest. As regards narrative analysis, I have developed and taught a method I call “expectation analysis”. Currently, I am leading an Academy of Finland Big Data research project "Voices of Democracy: The Will of the People by the People and by their Representatives (2017-2021).




Hyvärinen, M., Watanabe, Ryoko (2017) Dementia, Positioning and the Narrative Self. Style, 51:3, s. 337–356.

Hyvärinen, M. (2017) Life meets narrative. In Schiff, Brian, A. Elizabeth McKim, & Sylvie Patron (Eds) Life and Narrative. Oxford UP, pp. ix–xxv.

Hyvärinen, M., Pirjo Nikander & Johanna Ruusuvuori (toim.) (2017) Tutkimushaastattelun käsikirja. Vastapaino.

Hyvärinen, M. (2017) Haastattelun maailma. Teoksessa Hyvärinen, M., Nikander, Pirjo & Ruusuvuori, Johanna (toim.) (2017) Tutkimushaastattelun käsikirja. Vastapaino, s. 1–45.

Hyvärinen, M. (2017) Kertomushaastattelu. Teoksessa Hyvärinen, M., Nikander, Pirjo & Ruusuvuori, Johanna (toim.) (2017) Tutkimushaastattelun käsikirja. Vastapaino, s. 174–192.

Hyvärinen, M. (2017) Narrative and sociology. Narrative works 6:1, 38–62.

Hyvärinen, M. (2016) The Prospect of Socionarratology. Teoksessa Jessica Homberg-Schramm, Anna Rasokat, Felicitas Schweiker (toim.) Narratives at the Beginning of the 3rd Millenium. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 1–20.

Hyvärinen, M. (2015). Analyzing Narrative Genres. In A. De Fina & A. Georgakopoulou (Eds.), The Handbook of Narrative Analysis (pp.178–193). Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.

Hyvärinen, M. (2015). Mind Reading, Mind Guessing, or Mental State Attribution? The Puzzle of John Burnside’s A Summer of Drowning. In M. Hatavara, M. Hyvärinen, M. Mäkelä & F. Mäyrä (Eds.). Narrative Theory, Literature and New Media. Narrative Minds and Virtual Worlds (pp. 223–239). New York: Routledge.

Hatavara, M., Hyvärinen, M., Mäkelä, M., & Mäyrä, F. (Eds) (2015). Narrative Theory, Literature and New Media. Narrative Minds and Virtual Worlds. New York: Routledge.

Hyvärinen, M. (2015). Hajoavalla rannalla. Ian McEwanin Rannalla-romaani ja monitieteinen tutkimus.[On the breaking-up beach. Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach in interdisciplinary research]. In M.Hyvärinen, E.Oinonen & T. Saari (Eds.) Hajoava perhe. Romaani monitieteisen tutkimuksen välineenä (pp. 9-30). Tampere: Vastapaino.

Hyvärinen Matti. (2013). Travelling metaphors, transforming concepts. In Hyvärinen Matti, Hatavara Mari, Hydén Lars-Christer (Eds.) The Travelling Concepts of Narrative. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 13-41. (Studies in Narrative (SiN) 18).

Hyvärinen Matti. (2012). "Against Narrativity" Reconsidered. In Rossholm Göran, Johansson Christer (eds) (Eds.) Disputable Core Concepts of Narrative Theory. Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien: Peter Lang, 327-346.

Hyvärinen Matti. (2012). Prototypes, Genres, and Concepts : Travavelling with Narratives. Narrative Works: Issues, Investigations, & Interventions 2 (1), 10-32.

Hyvärinen Matti. (2012). Resistance to Plot and Uneven Narrativity : A Journey from "A Boring Story" to The Rings of Saturn. In Lehtimäki Markku, Karttunen Laura, Mäkelä Maria (Eds.) Narrative, Interrupted. The plotless, the disturbing and the trivial in literature. Berlin: De Gruyter, 24-41.

Hyvärinen Matti. (2010). Revisiting the Narrative Turns. Life Writing 7 (1), 69-82.

Hyvärinen M, Hydén LC, Saarenheimo M, Tamboukou M. (2010). Beyond Narrative Coherence: An Introduction. Teoksessa Hyvärinen M, Hydén LC, Saarenheimo M, Tamboukou M (toim.) Beyond Narrative Coherence. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 1-15. (Studies in Narrative 11).

Hyvärinen M. (2008). Analysing Narratives and Storytelling. In Pertti Alasuutari, Leonard Bickman, Julia Brannen (Eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Social Research Methods. Los Angeles: Sage, 447–460.

Hyvärinen M. (2008). Too much terror? J. M. Coetzee's Elizabeth Costello and the circulation of trauma. In Hyvärinen Matti, Muszynski Lisa (Eds.) Terror and the Arts: Artistic, Literary, and Political Interpretations of Violence from Dostoyevsky to Abu Ghraib. New York: Palgrave, 129-144.

Hyvärinen M. (2008). Friendship, care, and politics: Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go. Redescriptions 12, 202-223.

Hyvärinen M. (2008). "Life as Narrative" Revisited. Partial Answers 6 (2), 261-277.

Hyvärinen, Matti. (2006). Acting, Thinking, and Telling: Anna Blume's Dilemma in Paul Auster's In the Country of Last Things. Partial Answers 4 (2006) (2), 59-77.

Hyvärinen, Matti. (2006). Life as Sequence and Narrative: Hayden White Mets Paul Auster. In Korhonen, Kuisma (Ed.) Tropes for the Past. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 83-94. 

Hyvärinen, Matti. (2006). Towards a Conceptual History of Narrative. In Hyvärinen Matti;Korhonen Anu & Mykkänen Juri (Eds.) . Helsinki: Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, 20-41. (Collegium).

Hyvärinen Matti. (2012). Kertomuksen sosiaaliset lajit. In Heikkinen Vesa et al (Eds.) Genreanalyysi - tekstilajitutkimuksen käsikirja. Helsinki: Gaudeamus, 392-410. (Kotimaisten kielten keskuksen julkaisuja 169).

Hyvärinen Matti. (2010). Eletty kertomus ja luonnollinen narratologia. Teoksessa Mari Hatavara, Lehtimäki Markku, Pekka Tammi (toim.) Luonnolliset ja luonnottomat kertomukset. Jälkiklassisen narratologian suuntia. Helsinki: Gaudeamus, 131-157.

Hyvärinen Mati. (2006). Liian paljon terroria? J.M.Coetzeen Elizabeth Costello ja lukuohjeita hätäistä poliittista luentaa vastaan. Politiikka XLVII(2006) (4), 238-249.

Hyvärinen Matti. (2004). Eletty ja kerrottu kertomus. Sosiologia 2004 (4), 297-309.

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