- I study worldliness in Maria Edgeworth’s fictions ofdevelopment. By worldliness I mean a view of life where social existence andsociety take center-stage, are of great value, and provide a set of roles andidentities to adopt. Drawing on sincerity research and previous studies ofworldliness and unworldliness in literature (eg. Peter Brooks, The Novel of Worldliness:Crébillon, Marivaux, Laclos, Stendhal, and Stephanie Hershinow, Born Yesterday: Inexperienceand the Early Realist Novel), my thesis steps back and aims attaking a larger perspective on the idea of "world", primarilyreferring to fashionable society, in Edgeworth’s real-life environment and inher fiction. Instead of zooming in on worldliness or unworldliness separately,I aim at examining the interplay between the two stances in Edgeworth'snon-fiction and fiction and their link to ideas of the self (via sinceritystudies, where the concept of "society" is central).
- I have presented at the British Association forRomantic Studies 2019 conference on Edgeworth's relativization of gentility and "good company" in Ormond.
I received my BA and MA degrees from the University of Turku, and as part of my Master's Studies I went on an exchange to Dublin, Ireland, and studied at the English department of Trinity College Dublin. That is where I first read the author I now study, Maria Edgeworth.
I have taught medieval English literature to second-year students. It is a survey module, comprising a short weekly lecture and small group tutorials. We have read texts such as Beowulf and "The York Play of the Crucifixion". This teaching has been a great addition to my experience in foreign language teaching, and I have supplemented my language teacher studies with some modules on teaching in higher education and digital tools in teaching.