Traumas at Finnish-Russian Borderlands

Tuulikki Kurki examines written and literary trauma narratives in the territorial and symbolic borderlands between Finland and Russia. Kurki focuses on biographical and fiction novels of various migrants and so called defectors who moved across the Finnish Soviet Union and Finnish Russian borders. The research examines the trauma narratives in these novels and the reception of these novels during the 20th and 21st centuries. The purpose is first to identify the various types of trauma narratives. In the Soviet context, the trauma was related to facing another culture and political system. In the Finnish context, the trauma was created by hostile reception of these novels that often neglect to acknowledge the traumatic experiences of the migrants. Continuing from this position, the purpose is also to examine trauma narratives in contemporary literature written by mobile people moving across the Finnish Russian border.

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Contact for information: Dr. Tuulikki Kurki, tuulikki.kurki[at]