Dr Marina Grishakova

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University of Tartu
Comparative Literature
Associate Professor
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Marina Grishakova

is Associate Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Tartu  (Estonia).  She is the author of more than one 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 collections, 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), Theoretical Schools and Circles in the 20th Century Humanities: Intellectual and Cultural Legacy (in progress), as well as articles published in such journals as Narrative, Qualitative Sociology Review, World Literature Today, The Nabokovian, Sign Systems Studies, Interlitteraria and international volumes (Unnatural Narratives – Unnatural Narratology, ed. by J. Alber and R. Heinze,  De Gruyter’s series Linguae & Litterae, 2011; Strange Voices, ed. by H. S. Nielsen et al., De Gruyter’s Narratologia series, 2011, Literature, Cognition and History co-edited by M. Bruhn and D. R. Wehrs (Routledge, 2013). Grishakova is also the editor of the 1st volume in the series Semiotics, Communication, Cognition (De Gruyter, 2009), which includes the first English translation of J. Lotman’s monograph Culture and Explosion and a number of accompanying articles.  Grishakova is the coordinator of the Nordic Network of Narrative 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, the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, and other international societies and networks; member of the editorial board of Interlitteraria and Studia Litteraria Estonica.  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 was leading the project “The Semiotics of Narrative and Interdisciplinary Analysis of Culture” (2007-2010) and is currently leading the project “Narrative Forms and Functions in Contemporary Culture: Narrative as a Means of Cognition, Communication and Sense Making” (both projects sponsored by the Estonian Science Foundation). She is the representative of the University of Tartu in the international project „Literature and Change in Europe“. Grishakova organized and chaired panels at the international workshops and conferences, most recently  the panel “Cognitive Film Studies II” at the ISSN conference in the University of Washington at St. Louis. She acted as an invited speaker at international symposia and delivered invited lectures at the Universities of Kiel, Tampere, Aarhus, Groningen, Bournemouth and the Institute of Czech Literature of Czech Academy of Sciences (Prague). Grishakova teaches courses in comparative literature, literary theory, narratology, genre theory, film analysis, literature and myth. Her research interests include cognitive narratology, 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, 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



- 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)

- Poetics of the Return: On the Formation of Literary Canon. Istorijos rašymo horizontai. Lietuvių literatūros ir tautosakos institutas. Senoji Lietuvos literatūra. 18 knyga. Vilnius, 2005, pp. 23-29

- Some Thoughts on Tammsaare, Nietzsche and Dostoevsky. Vikerkaar 2005, N1-2, pp. 80-86 (in Estonian)

- On the Metaphysics of Fictional Space. Lotman Collection 3. Moscow: OGI, 2004, 534-548.

- 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

- V. Nabokov and the visual languages of modernism.  Vikerkaar 2003, N 12, pp. 58-71 (in Estonian)

- 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 symbolo e lo speccio. Scritti della scuola semiotica di Mosca-Tartu. Napoli: Edicione Scientifici, 1999, pp. 67-76