Texts on the Move - The Reception of Female Literature in Finland and Russia 1840 - 2020

The project aims at mapping reception of Russian women writers in Finland as well as reception of Finnish (both Finnish and Swedish speaking) women authors in Russia. Reception is understood broadly, including not only translations, but also other ways texts have been moving transnationally. Hence it highlights a wide range of literary, cultural and social networks. The project connects to digital research methods as well as to research on digital media, methods and topics that have been developing in the field of gender studies over the last decades.

Texts on the Move creates new ways of collaboration between transnational research in literature and cultural history, traditional and digital humanities.


This is the first large-scale research project to study the history of Finnish-Russian literary relations from the gender viewpoint. The project produces content for two databases, which serve the research purposes of a larger science community. NEWW Women Writers is a digital repository that serves to facilitate research on womens authorships. The findings of this project are added to the repository, which allows and encourages international collaboration, on a small as well as large scale. The second database is ParRus (Russian-Finnish Parallel Corpus of Literary Texts).

The ultimate goal of the project is to include women in the literary historiography and to do justice to the roles they played in their own time, and the extent to which they were recognized by contemporary readers. This impact carries data over the digital threshold all the way to our time.

Funding source

Emil Aaltonen Foundation

Coordinating organisation(s)

The University of Turku

Contact persons


Arja Rosenholm

+358 50 3181245



Viola Parente-apková