The first Changing Scenes seminar focused on naturalism,
decadence and modernity in European literature from 1880's to 1920's, and
was held in Helsinki in May 24—25, 2002. The seminar was hosted by the
Finnish Literature Society, and it gathered scholars from Finland and Sweden.
Organizers of the seminar want to thank the Finnish
Literature Society and its staff for their generous assistance in providing
rooms and organizational backup. Many thanks are due to Jenny and Antti
Wihuri's Foundation whose financial support made the seminar possible. We
also wish to thank professors Pirjo Lyytikäinen (Department of Finnish
Literature, Helsinki) and Lea Rojola (Department of Finnish Literature,
Turku) for their help.
Lic. phil. Vesa Haapala, M. A. Minna Maijala, and M. A.
Riikka Rossi, Department of Finnish Literature, Helsinki University
Program of the seminar
Most of the presentations or abstracts of them are also available in this
web-site. Just click the link.
Friday, May 24th
Opening of the Seminar
Professor Pirjo Lyytikäinen, Helsinki University
Fascinated by Decadence?
Professor Ebba Witt-Brattström, Södertörn University College
The "Narcissistic Turn" in the
Aesthetics of the Fin de Siècle
Kai Mikkonen, Helsinki University
The Modernist Africa as an Imaginary Foil:
Pierre Loti's Le Roman d'un Spahi
Leena Eilittä, Renvall Institute
Some Viennoise Versions of the Fin de Siècle
Professor Päivi Lappalainen, Turku University
The Politics of Naturalism
Riikka Rossi, Helsinki University
Naturalism in Finland. Relationships between
Finnish and French Naturalism
Minna Maijala, Helsinki University
Fragile Identity and the Frightening Other.
Passion in the Works of Minna Canth
Saturday, May 25th
Viola Capková, Turku University
Decadent Women's Dissonant Love Stories in the
Work of L. Onerva
Kaisa Kurikka, Turku University
Becoming-author(s). Algot Untola and Discourses
Vesa Haapala, Helsinki University
On Goddesses. Notes on Edith Södergran's Dikter
Professor Lea Rojola, Turku University
The New Woman as a "Reader"
Professor Auli Viikari, Helsinki University
Taking the Low Road. Autobiography and Poetics