Dr. Prof. Marina Grishakova

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University of Tartu
Comparative Literature
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Marina Grishakova

is Professor of Literary Theory, Institute for Cultural Research and Fine Arts, University of Tartu  (Estonia).  She is the author of more than a hundred publications of which the following are the most important:  the monograph The Models of Space, Time and Vision in V. Nabokov’s Fiction: Narrative Strategies and Cultural Frames (Tartu UP, 2006, 2nd revised online edition: OAPEN, 2012); edited or co-edited volumes, such as Intertextuality and Intersemiosis (with M. Lehtimäki, Tartu UP, 2004), Intermediality and Storytelling (with M.-L. Ryan, De Gruyter, 2010), Jutustamise teooriad ja praktikad (Storytelling Theories and Practices, in Estonian, Tartu UP, 2010), the special issue of CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture "New Work in Comparative Literature in Europe" (together with L. Boldrini and M. Reynolds), Theoretical Schools and Circles in the 20th-Century Humanities: Literary Theory, History, Philosophy (together with S. Salupere, Routledge, 2015), as well as articles published in Narrative, Revue de littérature comparée, Qualitative Sociology Review, World Literature Today, The Nabokovian, Sign Systems Studies, and international volumes, such as Unnatural Narratives – Unnatural Narratology, ed. by J. Alber and R. Heinze,  De Gruyter, 2011; Strange Voices in Fiction, ed. by P. K. Hansen et al., De Gruyter, 2011; Narrative, Interrupted: The Plotless, the Trivial, and the Disturbing in Literature, ed. by M. Lehtimäki et al., De Gruyter, 2012; Literature, Cognition and History, ed. by M. Bruhn and D. R. Wehrs, Routledge, 2014, Intersections, Interferences, Interdisciplines: Literature with Other Arts, ed. by H. Saussy and G. Gillespie (Peter Lang, 2014). She is the editor of the 1st volume in the series Semiotics, Communication, Cognition (De Gruyter, 2009), which includes the first English translation of Juri Lotman’s monograph Culture and Explosion and accompanying articles.  Grishakova has been the coordinator of the Nordic Network of Narrative Studies and General Coordinator of the European Network of Comparative Literary Studies, member of the Executive Committee of the International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA), member of the International Society for the Study of Narrative,  the European Society for Aesthetics, and other international societies and networks. She is a member of the editorial board of CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, Image & Narrative, Interlitteraria, Studia Litteraria Estonica, member of the International Advisory Board of the Oxford's Legenda book series Transcript. Among her most notable grants are the DAAD research grant (2007, Hamburg Interdisciplinary Center for Narratology), Fulbright Fellowship for senior researchers (2009, Ohio State University, project “Narrative”) and British Academy Visiting Scholarship (2011-2012). She has served as an expert reviewer for the Estonian Research Council, European Science Foundation, the Research Foundation - Flanders (Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen, FWO), Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and Academy of Finland.  Grishakova has given guest lectures in many universities in Europe and plenary talks at international conferences and symposia. She teaches courses in comparative literature, literary theory, narratology, genre theory, film analysis, literature and myth. Her research interests include narratology, cognitive art/ literary studies, intermedial studies, film theory, and semiotics. 

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comparative literature, genre theory, narratology, film theory

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comparative literature, narratology, film theory, semiotics




- M. Grishakova, S. Salupere (eds.). Theoretical Schools and Circles in the 20-th Century Humanities: Literary Theory, History, Philosophy. Routledge, 2015.

- M. Grishakova, L. Boldrini, and M. Reynolds (eds.). New Work in Comparative Literature in Europe. Special Issue of CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 2013, 15.7.

- M. Grishakova, M.-L. Ryan (eds.). Intermediality and Storytelling. Narratologia, 24. Berlin – New York: De Gruyter, 2010.

- M. Grishakova (ed.). Jutustamise teooriad ja praktikad (Storytelling Theories and Practices; in Estonian). Tartu: Tartu University Press, 2010.

- M. Grishakova (ed.). Semiotics, Communication and Cognition 1. J. Lotman. Culture and Explosion. New York-Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2009

- M. Grishakova. The Models of Space, Time and Vision in V. Nabokov's Fiction: Narrative Strategies and Cultural Frames. Tartu Semiotics Library 5. Tartu: Tartu University Press, 2006. 324 p.

- M. Grishakova, M. Lehtimäki (eds.). Intertextuality and Intersemiosis. Tartu: Tartu University Press, 2004



- (together with S. Salupere). A School in the Woods: Tartu-Moscow Semiotics. In: M. Grishakova, S. Salupere (eds.). Theoretical Schools and Circles in the 20th-Century Humanities: Literary Theory, History, Philosophy. Routledge, 2015.

- Fiction as a Cognitive Challenge: Explorations into Alternative Forms of Selfhood and Experience. In: M. Bruhn, D. Wehrs (eds.). Cognition, Literature, and History. NewYork-London: Routledge, 2014

- Complexity, Hybridity, and Comparative Literature. CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture 15:7, 2013 (Special Issue ed. by M. Grishakova, L. Boldrini, and M. Reynolds).

- La littérature en transition: fiction et adaptation d'un média à l'autre. Revue de littérature comparée   2013, 348:4, 399-412 (Special Issue ed. by Brigitte Le Juez)
- Towards Comparative Narrative Studies (Comparative Literature. State of the Discipline). Inquire: Journal of Comparative Literature, 2012 http://inquire.streetmag.org/articles/79

- Stranger than Fiction, or Jerome David Salinger, Author of Lolita: Real, Implied, and Fictive Authorship. In: M. Lehtimäki, L. Karttunen, M. Mäkelä (eds.). Narrative, Interrupted: The Plotless, the Trivial, and the Disturbing in Literature. De Gruyter,  2012.  

- Toward a Typology of Virtual Narrative Voices. In: P.K. Hansen, H. S. Nielsen, S. Iversen (eds.). Strange Voices in Narrative Fiction. Berlin-New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2011

- The Voices of Madness: Performativity and Narrative Identity. In: G. Rossholm (ed). Disputed Concepts in Narratology. Bern: Peter Lang (forthcoming in 2011)

- Narrative Causality Denaturalized. In: J. Alber, R. Heinze (eds.). Unnatural Narratives - Unnatural Narratology. Series „Linguae & Litterae”, Walter de Gruyter, 2011

- Intermedial Metarepresentations. In: M. Grishakova, M.-L. Ryan (eds.). Intermediality and Storytelling, Narratologia, 24. Berlin–New York: De Gruyter, 2010, p. 312-332.

- Around “Culture and Explosion”: J. Lotman and the Tartu-Moscow School in the 1980-1990s. In: M. Grishakova (ed.). Semiotics, Communication and Cognition 1. J. Lotman. Culture and Explosion. New York-Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2009, p. 175-188

- Time, Narrative Sequence and Causality. Interlitteraria 2009, N 14, vol. II, pp. 261-272

- Beyond the Frame: Cognitive Science, Common Sense and Fiction. Narrative 2009, 17 (2), pp. 188-199

- “The Sacred Book of the Werewolf”. World Literature Today 2008, vol. 83, N 1, pp. 69-70

- Literariness, Fictionality, and the Theory of Possible Worlds. In: L.-Å. Skalin (ed.). Narrativity, Fictionality, and Literariness. Örebro Studies in Literary History and Criticism, 7. Örebro: Örebro University Press, 2008, pp.  57-76

- [with Margarita Kazyulya].  Social Risks and Challenges of the Post-Socialist Transition Period in Estonia: Analysis of Biographical Narratives. Qualitative Sociology Review, 2008, Vol. IV, issue 2, 20 pp.

- [with Silvi Salupere] Text Transfer and a Configuration of the Cultural Field.  Different Inputs - Same Output?Autonomy and Dependence of the Arts under different social-economic conditions: the Estonian example. Maastricht: Shaker Publishing, 2006, pp. 7-17

- On Some Semiotic Models in Film and Fiction: Mirrors and Doubles. Acta Semiotica Estica II. Tartu, 2005, pp. 43-54 (in Estonian)

- Early and late Lotman: Dell Hymes on Tartu-Moscow school's works. Akadeemia 2004, N 1, pp. 21-32 (in Estonian)

- Umberto Eco: probing the borders of being. Vikerkaar, 2004, N 1-2, pp. 172-176 (in Estonian)

- Vision and word: a seat of the semiotic conflict (H. James, V. Nabokov, A. Hitchcock)// Intertextuality and Intersemiosis. Tartu, 2004, pp. 115-133

 - Towards the Semiotics of the Observer. Sign Systems Studies 2002, 30.2. Tartu, pp. 529-553

- Metaphor and Narrative. Sign Systems Studies, 2001, vol. 29.2. Tartu, pp. 503-517

- [with Juri Lotman and others]. Osservazioni preliminari sul problema: emblema-simbolo-mito nella cultura del 18 secolo. Il simbolo e lo specchio. Scritti della scuola semiotica di Mosca-Tartu. Napoli: Edicione Scientifici, 1999, pp. 67-76