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AIAS Fellows' Seminar: Mari Hatavara, AIAS Fellow

Attributing Political Minds: Narratological Analysis of Politicians' Personal Blogs

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Monday 2 May 2016,  at 14:15 - 16:00


The AIAS Auditorium, Building 1632, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 6B, 8000 Aarhus C


My project at AIAS focuses on how different narrative techniques enable representing and communicating the experience of one’s own and that of another. I study how the narrative self is constituted and negotiated in different mediatized environments. This talk focuses on political blog writing, and on the narrative means to represent competing political points of view. Attributing intentions, feelings and desires to others is an important means to reason for and to vindicate one’s own opinions. Linguistically informed narratological analysis reveals the discursive and narrative strategies used to make sense of and to communicate ideas of democracy and the intentions of the parties involved.

Short CV

Mari Hatavara is Chair Professor of Finnish Literature at the University of Tampere, Finland. Hatavara specializes in narrative studies, word and image studies, and historical and documentary representation. She has published on fictional minds and worlds, autobiography, free indirect discourse, (unnatural) narrative communication, ekphrasis, fictionality, methodological exchange between different disciplinary traditions of narrative theory and analysis, and the poetics of historical fiction and metafiction. She is consortium Principal Investigator for the project “The Literary in Life: Exploring the Boundaries between Literature and the Everyday” funded by the Academy of Finland, 2015–2019.

Mari Hatavara's project at AIAS.

What is a Fellows' Seminar?

The AIAS Fellows' Seminar is a session of seminars held by the AIAS fellow or by other speakers proposed by the fellows. In each seminar, one fellow will present and discuss his/her current research and research project, closing off with a question and discussion session.

All seminars are held in English and open to the public. Registration to the seminar is not necessary.  Read more about the AIAS Fellows' Seminar here.