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  • Santala, Susanna (Helsingin yliopisto, 2015)
    In this historiographical study I evaluate the placement of Eero Saarinen s airport terminals in the history of modern architecture. His Trans World Airlines Terminal (1956-62) and Dulles International Airport (1958-63) were the first airport terminals to enter the annals of modern architecture. I hypothesize that the airport terminal was previously excluded as a building type from historiography since it was seen as infrastructure, not architecture. Furthermore, its modernity did not coincide with the aims of historians, who could not utilize an emergent building type to demonstrate how modernism revolutionized architectural vocabularies. Discussing the related histories of aviation and technologies, the typological instability of the airport terminal, and Saarinen s architectural practice, I utilize genealogy, microhistory, and Science and Technology Studies to intervene in the historiography of modern architecture. Specifically, I question the assumption that architecture follows technological developments, the narrow interpretation of modernity dominating the writing of architectural history, and the resulting myopia in the classification of emerging building types. I view Saarinen s architectural practice as one of the many laboratories for a new architecture. Mapping such laboratories reveals a multifaceted view of postwar architecture, where modernism is explained by individual actors laboring at their localized sites to mediate a particular kind of modernity. I argue that Saarinen s engagement with technology and his laboratory-like working methods reconciled the contradictions between modern architecture and its blind spot, the airport terminal. This synthesis allowed the terminal building to transcend its utilitarian-technological nature as transportation infrastructure and led to its inclusion in the history of modern architecture as a building type that has its own history and parameters for design. This study makes three contributions. It outlines the history of the airport terminal emphasizing buildings that could have easily found their place in the canon of modern architecture. It explains the reasons for their exclusion and suggests ways to reduce the canon s myopia towards variants of modernism. More broadly, this study contributes to our understanding of the historiography of modern architecture and its logic of including emergent buildings by acknowledging the airport terminal as an emblematic building type of the twentieth century.
  • Korhonen, Kalle (Helsingin yliopisto, 2003)
  • Zavaleta Ochoa, Eugenia (Helsingin yliopisto, 2013)
    During the decade of 1970, in Costa Rica started more often to appear state and private exhibition spaces; and commercialization of the artistic creations began to develop on a regular basis. This scenario was set by the interference of the welfare state; without this intervention the cultural development of Costa Rica would have been slower and weaker. Since 1950, began a series of economic, political and social changes that allowed the definition of cultural policies, which permitted state actions that resulted in museums, contests, awards and public collections, among others. Thus, cultural policies became the driving force that impulsed the culture and, specifically, the art market in the country. In other words, the welfare state created a primary substrate from which cemented the country's cultural life and, therefore, the commodification of art. So, this research focuses on the primary substrate that led to the flowering of an art market. In the process of building the art market, we consulted the Collection of Laws, Decrees and Resolutions, and The Gazette. Furthermore, we used databases such as the Costa Rican Legal Information System. The Costa Rican Art Museum (MAC) has albums, files, documents and databases that were fundamental in determining the country's cultural life, in other words, -for example- the identification of national and foreign artists, public collections, exhibitions, awards, contests, art reviews, comments and auctions. From these documents, databases were developed to process the extracted information. Other databases that were consulted were the catalogs of the National Insurance Institute, the Central Bank of Costa Rica, the Social Security Fund and the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design.
  • Lehtinen, Mari (Helsingin yliopisto, 2009)
    "The contextualization of radio discourse by prosodic means. The example of five great French philosophers of the 20th century" This PhD thesis treats the contextualization of radio discourse by prosodic means. More precisely, the work is focussed on seven “marked figures”, which consist of the salient changes of one or more prosodic parameters. The phenomena are studied here both from the angle of their acoustic forms and from the angle of their typical contexts of occurrences and discursive functions. The data comes from six radio broadcasts transmitted by different French radio stations between 1948 and 1973. The speakers of the broadcasts are famous French 20th–century philosophers: Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, Michel Foucault, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Gaston Bachelard. The total duration of the data is 162’32. In addition to a general presentation of the phenomena, the thesis includes contrastive studies in which the two main phenomena of the work (the so-called “figure HB” and the so-called “undulating figure”) are compared with a melodic figure occurring in classical piano music and with a prosodic phenomenon of Finnish (the so-called “figure of familiarity”). One part of the thesis is also devoted to a contrastive study discussing the prosodic interpretation of punctuation (the full stop and the comma) in The Stranger (L’Étranger) by Albert Camus, as read by the author. Methodologically, the work falls within the scope of conversation analysis (CA), and it is inspired by the interaction-based approach to prosody, the “theory of contextualization” of Gumperz and by numerous linguistic and phonetic works directed towards French. The results of this work, based on seven original publications, suggest that the “marked figures” constitute multidimensional phenomena of speech having an important and a complex role in the contextualization of radio discourse. The acoustic forms of these phenomena are very different, and their functions reach several discursive levels. In addition to presenting the phenomena under consideration, the work includes some methodological and theoretical discussion concerning the study and the nature of the process of the contextualization of speech.
  • Buysse, Manon (Helsingin yliopisto, 2016)
    Clause linking, or the incorporation of multiple predications within a complex linguistic unit, is an essential component of efficient language use, but also a major hurdle in the language learning process. Although discrete aspects of clause linking and its development in second language acquisition (SLA) have been studied before, a comprehensive and theoretically unified approach to the phenomenon in SLA is still lacking. To redress this gap, the study presented in this doctoral dissertation proposes a model of clause linking and its development in SLA based on the theoretical framework of Role and Reference Grammar (RRG; Van Valin and LaPolla 1997, Van Valin 2005) and its application to first language acquisition (Van Valin 2001). It provides a detailed account of clause linking, formalized in the Interclausal Relations Hierarchy (IRH; Van Valin 2005), which takes into account various structural levels of language and considers both the syntactic and the semantic aspects of clause linking. Oral narratives in L2 French and English were transcribed and divided into four groups based on their overall proficiency level in the L2, resulting in a total of 100 (4 x 25) samples per L2. Matched narrative production data from 25 native speakers of each target language served as a benchmark for our analyses. Results provide evidence for the universality of RRG s hypotheses in the sense that L2 learners seem to be guided by the same principles as L1 acquirers; forms of linkage characterized by similar syntactic and semantic strength are acquired more easily (as predicted by the IRH), and syntactic junctures at particular structural levels are associated with particular semantic relations between events. However, our L2 productions were also found to develop differently from those of Van Valin s (2001) young L1 acquirers in various respects: our L2 learners produce complex clauses from early stages of development onwards, as the hurdles they encounter in mastering the various L2 linking devices are unrelated to the development of their cognitive abilities or discourse organization capacities. In addition, we observed that the learners of L2 French and those of L2 English behave rather similarly in how they establish clause linking at various stages of development, but also deviate from one another in non-trivial ways which merit further research.
  • Nordman, Lieselott (Institutionen för nordiska språk och nordisk litteratur, Nordica, Helsingfors universitet, 2009)
    The thesis studies the translation process for the laws of Finland as they are translated from Finnish into Swedish. The focus is on revision practices, norms and workplace procedures. The translation process studied covers three institutions and four revisions. In three separate studies the translation process is analyzed from the perspective of the translations, the institutions and the actors. The general theoretical framework is Descriptive Translation Studies. For the analysis of revisions made in versions of the Swedish translation of Finnish laws, a model is developed covering five grammatical categories (textual revisions, syntactic revisions, lexical revisions, morphological revisions and content revisions) and four norms (legal adequacy, correct translation, correct language and readability). A separate questionnaire-based study was carried out with translators and revisers at the three institutions. The results show that the number of revisions does not decrease during the translation process, and no division of labour can be seen at the different stages. This is somewhat surprising if the revision process is regarded as one of quality control. Instead, all revisers make revisions on every level of the text. Further, the revisions do not necessarily imply errors in the translations but are often the result of revisers following different norms for legal translation. The informal structure of the institutions and its impact on communication, visibility and workplace practices was studied from the perspective of organization theory. The results show weaknesses in the communicative situation, which affect the co-operation both between institutions and individuals. Individual attitudes towards norms and their relative authority also vary, in the sense that revisers largely prioritize legal adequacy whereas translators give linguistic norms a higher value. Further, multi-professional teamwork in the institutions studied shows a kind of teamwork based on individuals and institutions doing specific tasks with only little contact with others. This shows that the established definitions of teamwork, with people co-working in close contact with each other, cannot directly be applied to the workplace procedures in the translation process studied. Three new concepts are introduced: flerstegsrevidering (multi-stage revision), revideringskedja (revision chain) and normsyn (norm attitude). The study seeks to make a contribution to our knowledge of legal translation, translation processes, institutional translation, revision practices and translation norms for legal translation. Keywords: legal translation, translation of laws, institutional translation, revision, revision practices, norms, teamwork, organizational informal structure, translation process, translation sociology, multilingual.
  • Quesada Avendano, Florencia (Helsingin yliopisto, 2007)
    This work examines the urban modernization of San José, Costa Rica, between 1880 and 1930, using a cultural approach to trace the emergence of the bourgeois city in a small Central American capital, within the context of order and progress. As proposed by Henri Lefebvre, Manuel Castells and Edward Soja, space is given its rightful place as protagonist. The city, subject of this study, is explored as a seat of social power and as the embodiment of a cultural transformation that took shape in that space, a transformation spearheaded by the dominant social group, the Liberal elite. An analysis of the product built environment allows us to understand why the city grew in a determined manner: how the urban space became organized and how its infrastructure and services distributed. Although the emphasis is on the Liberal heyday from 1880-1930, this study also examines the history of the city since its origins in the late colonial period through its consolidation as a capital during the independent era, in order to characterize the nineteenth century colonial city that prevailed up to 1890 s. A diverse array of primary sources including official acts, memoirs, newspaper sources, maps and plans, photographs, and travelogues are used to study the initial phase of San Jose s urban growth. The investigation places the first period of modern urban growth at the turn of the nineteenth century within the prevailing ideological and political context of Positivism and Liberalism. The ideas of the city s elite regarding progress were translated into and reflected in the physical transformation of the city and in the social construction of space. Not only the transformations but also the limits and contradictions of the process of urban change are examined. At the same time, the reorganization of the city s physical space and the beginnings of the ensanche are studied. Hygiene as an engine of urban renovation is explored by studying the period s new public infrastructure (including pipelines, sewer systems, and the use of asphalt pavement) as part of the Saneamiento of San José. The modernization of public space is analyzed through a study of the first parks, boulevards and monuments and the emergence of a new urban culture prominently displayed in these green spaces. Parks and boulevards were new public and secular places of power within the modern city, used by the elite to display and educate the urban population into the new civic and secular traditions. The study goes on to explore the idealized image of the modern city through an analysis of European and North American travelogues and photography. The new esthetic of theatrical-spectacular representation of the modern city constructed a visual guide of how to understand and come to know the city. A partial and selective image of generalized urban change presented only the bourgeois facade and excluded everything that challenged the idea of progress. The enduring patterns of spatial and symbolic exclusion built into Costa Rica s capital city at the dawn of the twentieth century shed important light on the long-term political social and cultural processes that have created the troubled urban landscapes of contemporary Latin America.
  • Petrozzi-Stubin, Clara (Helsingin yliopisto, 2009)
    Peruvian orchestral music 1945–2005. Identities in diversity Peruvian music for orchestra has not been studied as a whole before, and is hardly known by Peruvian musicians and public. The aim of the thesis is to give a panoramic view of Peruvian orchestral music after 1945, study the particular historical context in which these works were created and how they reflect the search for a musical identity of its own, be it individual, local, national or Latin American. Identity is a construction that changes permanently, and individuals can share many identities at the same time. This is a central issue in multicultural societies as the Peruvian, and music is an important mean for constructing cultural identity. The hypothesis of this research is that orchestral work is a medium for Peruvian composers to express their relationship with traditional and popular musics of the country in different ways, from quotation of melodies to a more abstract appropiation of concepts or suggestive title references. Representative works by selected composers, of different techniques, styles or special reception are chosen and analyzed. Research methodology includes analysis of works with various methods according to their stylistic and technical features, in order to find the particular ways in which composers have approached or expressed diverse identities. The investigation shows that Peruvian orchestral music includes works in the main stylistic trends and using the main compositional techniques of the modernist and postmodern periods. It also shows that the construction and expression of particular identities through the study and use of other Peruvian musical traditions is a constant interest shared by composers of different age and esthetic. In a multicultural society as the Peruvian, characterized by its diversity, different forms of transcultural composition are an important mean of dealing with identity issues in music. This thesis also includes for the first time a list of all orchestral works composed in the country or by Peruvian composers in the period, their composers and genres. KEYWORDS: Peruvian music, contemporary music for orchestra, identity
  • Hynninen, Niina (Helsingin yliopisto, 2013)
    This study investigates language regulation, or the negotiation of acceptability and correctness in language. It takes a bottom-up perspective on regulation, with focus on the ways that speakers manage and monitor language in lingua franca interaction, and the ways that they talk about language. I approach language regulation as a process through which speakers both reproduce codified language norms and construct alternative ones. Language regulation, then, sheds light on the construction of norms relevant for the speakers, that is, on living norms, as opposed to prescriptive, codified norms that arise as a consequence of linguistic description and codification. I explore two complementary dimensions of language regulation: interactional and ideological dimensions. The dimensions I bring together in a comparative analysis, where I consider the findings in relation to the macro-level ideologies of language maintenance and native speaker ownership of English. To explore the two dimensions, I draw on two main types of data, collected from English-medium university courses where English was used as the lingua franca: interrelated recordings of study event interactions from three different groups and research interviews with students, teachers (i.e. subject experts) and English instructors who attended the interactions. The findings show that the scope of acceptability was wider than the scope of correctness when regulating language in interaction. Second language users of English took on and were assigned the role of language experts, and while speakers mainly drew on (their notions of) English native language norms for correctness, for instance, scientific contexts emerged as an alternative source for norm construction. Further, differences emerged between student, teacher and English instructor views, and generally, the informants talk about language was found out to be more purist than their use of the regulatory mechanisms. In all, the study shows that the construction of living norms is a complex process. On the one hand, speakers reproduce prescriptive, codified norms and thus turn them into living ones. On the other hand, the regulatory practices in the study event interaction and interview findings illustrate that speakers also construct irrelevance of prescriptive norms, and importantly draw on alternative sources, such as their academic field, for norm construction.
  • Sinnemäki, Kaius (Helsingin yliopisto, 2011)
    In this dissertation I study language complexity from a typological perspective. Since the structuralist era, it has been assumed that local complexity differences in languages are balanced out in cross-linguistic comparisons and that complexity is not affected by the geopolitical or sociocultural aspects of the speech community. However, these assumptions have seldom been studied systematically from a typological point of view. My objective is to define complexity so that it is possible to compare it across languages and to approach its variation with the methods of quantitative typology. My main empirical research questions are: i) does language complexity vary in any systematic way in local domains, and ii) can language complexity be affected by the geographical or social environment? These questions are studied in three articles, whose findings are summarized in the introduction to the dissertation. In order to enable cross-language comparison, I measure complexity as the description length of the regularities in an entity; I separate it from difficulty, focus on local instead of global complexity, and break it up into different types. This approach helps avoid the problems that plagued earlier metrics of language complexity. My approach to grammar is functional-typological in nature, and the theoretical framework is basic linguistic theory. I delimit the empirical research functionally to the marking of core arguments (the basic participants in the sentence). I assess the distributions of complexity in this domain with multifactorial statistical methods and use different sampling strategies, implementing, for instance, the Greenbergian view of universals as diachronic laws of type preference. My data come from large and balanced samples (up to approximately 850 languages), drawn mainly from reference grammars. The results suggest that various significant trends occur in the marking of core arguments in regard to complexity and that complexity in this domain correlates with population size. These results provide evidence that linguistic patterns interact among themselves in terms of complexity, that language structure adapts to the social environment, and that there may be cognitive mechanisms that limit complexity locally. My approach to complexity and language universals can therefore be successfully applied to empirical data and may serve as a model for further research in these areas.
  • Haussalo, Teija (Nykykielten laitos, 2014)
    The aim of this study is to contribute to the understanding of the dynamics in the use of articles towards the end of the 16th century, shortly before the creation of normative grammars, by studying the use of the zero article in 16th-century texts and by comparing it to the use of definite and indefinite articles and other determiners. The 16th century can be regarded as an important transitional stage in the development of the French language, as French became the official language of jurisdiction, and literature in French became more prominent. The basic selection criterion for the corpus was that the texts should be prose originally written in French, so poetic freedom or a source text in another language could not strongly influence the structures used. The main corpus is a selection from Heptameron, a collection of short stories written by Queen Margaret of Navarre, and the variants found in 10 different manuscripts of Heptameron. In addition, two other authors were chosen for comparison: Henri Estienne and Michel de Montaigne. The time span of all these texts is from 1545 to 1592. The study contains the following main parts: 1) a general overview of the use of articles in different syntactical positions in 16th-century texts; 2) an analysis of variation in the use of the zero article in the different manuscripts of Heptameron and a comparison with corresponding examples in the texts of Estienne and Montaigne; 3) an analysis of the use of different articles by each author in different contexts; and 4) comparison of the results of the study with the views of 16th-century grammarians as well as with current views of the use of articles in French. The analysis shows that most instances of variation in the use of articles are found in contexts where different interpretations are possible or when there is a problematic construction or even an error in a manuscript. The clearest visible development is the gradual extension of the use of de(s) as an article, which is linked with the loss of the final s in pronunciation. The combination à + de(s) is not found at all in the manuscripts of Heptameron, but in the later texts of Montaigne it occurs many times. It appears that at the end of the 16th century the article system was complete.
  • Kallio, Kati (Helsingin yliopisto, 2013)
    Ways of singing. Performance arena, register and local genre in West-Ingrian oral poetry The focus of this doctoral research is on the registers, performance arenas and local genres of kalevalametric singing in Western Ingria (1853 1938). It combines the approaches of folkloristics, ethnomusicology and linguistic anthropology to obtain an understanding of the cultural patterns of singing in one historical performance tradition. The song poetics, musical structures and the performative features are, together with the poems themselves, essential in order to analyse the logic of the local (indigenous, emic) genres. Following the character of the archival material, the research concentrates on Izhorian and Ingrian-Finn festive singing cultures. The local, ethnic and historical backgrounds have a significant position in the analysis. In the analysis, the concepts of register and performance arena are central tools for understanding the local genres. The register denotes a recurrent speech or singing style, while the performance arena means a recurrent type of situation or situational frame of reference. A register, as noted by the researcher, must be named by the singers themselves in order to be interpreted as a local genre. The registers and local genres are taken as frames of interpretation, which gain their meanings via different kinds of recurrent uses and associations within a speech community. In Western Ingria, the most notable differences between different local genres were on their quality and the amount of variation. While some genres were textually, musically and performatively rather fixed and restricted, others were characterised by the exact opposite, as they were able to merge various texts, melodies, refrains and movements. Ingrian oral poetry fits well into theoretical discussions about registers as flexible, layered and complex means of communication. The notion of the situational character of the use of musical features has not previously been discussed in relation to Ingrian cultures, although the situational local genres have been analysed by Senni Timonen. A new aspect is also the interpretation of the recording situation as a multilayered performance arena, situated in various ways between public and private, formal and informal.
  • Ryynänen, Max (Helsingin yliopisto, 2009)
    Learning from Venice is a philosophical learning diary on what a highly original city can teach urban aesthetics. Throughout history, classical cities have been interpreted and experienced in various ways. But aesthetics has never been accentuated as much as today. Venice has been an important center of commerce, a naval power, and it has had a lot of influence in arts and culture. But in our days it is a tourist trap and a cluster of so called world heritage. The development of tourism is the main reason for the fact that many old cities have become venues for leisure and entertainment, sometimes so that everyday life itself has been pushed to the margins. There is a lot one can learn by studying the history of the aesthetic appreciation of a city. Sometimes the way a city has been enjoyed has changed following the development of traffic. In Venice water buses have replaced the slow and silent gondolas, and since the building of the railway tourists have been approaching the city from a new direction, so that her façade which was built for seafarers has almost become forgotten. There are also themes of change and mobility which are peculiarly Venetian. What is the nature of a city where there are more tourists than inhabitants? And how does one experience a city where water dominates? These questions, and many more, are discussed in Learning from Venice, and side by side with applied aesthetics, the work of philosophers like Walter Benjamin, Gianni Vattimo, and John Dewey, among many others, enter a dialogue with this extraordinary city. Themes discussed include also e.g. walking, surface and depth, Venice as kitsch, and Venice as a museum.
  • Suviniitty, Jaana (Helsingin yliopisto, 2012)
    Internationalization is one of the strategic goals of universities and other higher education institutions in Finland. This tends to be transferred to English-medium instruction (EMI) and English degree programs. This "Anglicization has raised concerns and discussion despite its perceived benefits. The aim of this study was to investigate an international Master s Program in the field of engineering and to explore students perceptions of lectures and their comprehension within this Master s Program. These lectures were further examined in order to shed light on what linguistic features used in English as a lingua franca (ELF) lecturing influence students perceptions. This exploratory, descriptive case study takes a phasal approach to obtain a holistic view on this Master s Program. The findings of the study are based on authentic data: video-recorded lecture material, their transcriptions, and surveys. These surveys contain lecture evaluations provided by the students immediately after attending them. Guided by the student evaluations, an analysis based on genre analysis and discourse analysis was conducted to locate the linguistic differences of these lectures. The results indicate that students perception of lectures relates to the use of interactional features regardless of the lecturers perceived English skills. Those lectures students found accessible contained more interactional features than those lectures students found challenging. Additional results, contrary to prior studies, also show that the use of interactional features in native language (Finnish) lecturing is notably lower than in ELF lecturing. Furthermore, the comparison of student achievements when lecturing in the Master s Program was in Finnish with the student achievements from the ELF lectured program showed slightly higher results in the ELF lectured program. Conclusions drawn from these results suggest that when lecturing in a non-native language, lecturers attempt to ensure the audience s comprehension through various linguistic devices, interactional features being one of them. Therefore, ELF lectures do not have an adverse effect on lecture comprehension or course results.
  • Roinila, Markku (Helsingin yliopisto, 2007)
    In this study I discuss G. W. Leibniz's (1646-1716) views on rational decision-making from the standpoint of both God and man. The Divine decision takes place within creation, as God freely chooses the best from an infinite number of possible worlds. While God's choice is based on absolutely certain knowledge, human decisions on practical matters are mostly based on uncertain knowledge. However, in many respects they could be regarded as analogous in more complicated situations. In addition to giving an overview of the divine decision-making and discussing critically the criteria God favours in his choice, I provide an account of Leibniz's views on human deliberation, which includes some new ideas. One of these concerns is the importance of estimating probabilities in making decisions one estimates both the goodness of the act itself and its consequences as far as the desired good is concerned. Another idea is related to the plurality of goods in complicated decisions and the competition this may provoke. Thirdly, heuristic models are used to sketch situations under deliberation in order to help in making the decision. Combining the views of Marcelo Dascal, Jaakko Hintikka and Simo Knuuttila, I argue that Leibniz applied two kinds of models of rational decision-making to practical controversies, often without explicating the details. The more simple, traditional pair of scales model is best suited to cases in which one has to decide for or against some option, or to distribute goods among parties and strive for a compromise. What may be of more help in more complicated deliberations is the novel vectorial model, which is an instance of the general mathematical doctrine of the calculus of variations. To illustrate this distinction, I discuss some cases in which he apparently applied these models in different kinds of situation. These examples support the view that the models had a systematic value in his theory of practical rationality.
  • Anttila, Anna (Helsingin yliopisto, 2009)
    The subject of my research is the romantic dating culture, the practice of 'going with', among preadolescents ('tweens') in Finland during the 1990s. Preadolescence is a cultural construction of the post-industrial period, experienced by school students between the ages of 7 to 13. Deemed by researchers as a shallow, unchallenging and uninteresting period, it has been shadowed in previous studies by early childhood and puberty. This study combines paradigms of the folkloristic research of children's lore, which began in the 1970s, with those of later, turn-of-the-century girls study. The phenomena of romantic girl culture are studied in several ways, through ample and varied subject materials collected in different places at different times. The research material was collected directly from schoolchildren through interviews, questionnaires and the observations of preadolescents' behavior in discos, among other methods. Part of the material consists of reminiscent thematic writings and parts have been quoted from tween message boards. A general picture of romantic preadolescent dating culture is formed in this study from five previously published articles and a summary. The influence of western culture, with its respect for relationships, is evident in tween dating culture. Seven- to thirteen-year olds use the elements of the society around them to construct an appropriate way for themselves to 'go out' with someone. Many expressions in preadolescent dating culture are contrary to the models of adult relationships. For example, a couple isn't necessarily expected to meet each other even once, or the other party, the boy, doesn't even need to know he's dating someone. Girls organize and experience relationships by playing card fortune-telling, calculating 'Love Percentages', and other methods. Categorizing tween dating culture and its related emotional qualities from an adult point of view as simply a play is one example of the hierarchical system of generations where childhood emotions, actions and conceptions of reality aren't valued as highly as the 'real life' of adults. Lowest on the totem pole are little girls, who in this study get their voices backed up by the researcher's adulthood and research-based sisterhood. Keywords: childhood, children's lore, dating culture, girls and boys, girls study, fortune-telling games, preadolescence/tweens
  • Eskelinen, Helena (Helsingin yliopisto, 2013)
    The aim of my study is to assess the significance of ekphrasis and the visual arts in Gabriele D Annunzio s Rose Trilogy (Il Piacere 1889, L Innocente 1892, and Il Trionfo della morte 1894). I have adopted James Heffernan s definition of ekphrasis as a verbal representation of a visual representation. The concept of representation determines which references to the visual arts are visual representations and thus ekphrastic. Following W.J.T. Mitchell, I consider representation as a process in which the beholder, the material object and the context of the work of art participate. In the case of ekphrasis this means that the role of receiver becomes decisive. The three novels are a case in point of how wide-ranging the application of ekphrasis is. Not only the ambience or objects but also characters are often compared to works of art. The comparisons are examples of the ekphrastic simile proposed by Tamar Yacobi. In the Rose Trilogy ekphrases have a central role in expressing the central themes, such as the crisis of the aristocracy and the male hero, nationalism, and the interchangeability of the female characters. Ekphrases make visible the context of the imagery used in the novels, for example, the misogyny common in the surrounding visual culture, which effects literature as well. The main textual function of the ekphrasis is defamiliarization. With the reference to another medium, the illusion of reality is destroyed, and the reader is invited to contemplate the modes of expression. As a textual other ekphrasis draws attention to the implicit meanings of the text; it also stands out from the surrounding frame, and as such it functions as an element that comments on the text. In the Rose Trilogy ekphrastic descriptions bring forth the tensions between words and image. At the same time that the ekphrasis evocates the presence of the visual representation inside the verbal medium, it strives to control the image with verbalization. I make this aspect visible by drawing attention to the interpretative traditions of the work of arts, which D Annunzio follows. Ekphrasis serves D Annunzio s pursuit of rare and flowery language; on the other hand, it also enables precision. With a specific reference to a certain work of art, the author defines what kind of image is formed in the reader s mind, and thus the text leaves less room for free association.
  • Westerlund, Fredrik (Helsingin yliopisto, 2011)
    Relying on Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology of perception and on Mircea Eliade's works on the Sacred and the Profane, this study explores the river as a perceptual space and as the sacred Center in a cosmic vision of the world in twelve of Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio's fictional works, from The Interrogation (1963) to Revolutions (2003). In the first chapter, after introducing the field of study, I discuss the relation between the radical subjectivity and the evasiveness of perceiving subjects in Le Clézio's fiction. Next are some thoughts on the relation between Merleau-Ponty's and Le Clézio's ideas. The second chapter studies the river as an experience in the text, first as a topographical space, then as a sound world. The investigations move on to its water as a visual and a tactile phenomenon. Then follows the human use of the river, the (absence of) baths, and the river as a traveling space. The chapter closes with the study of the metaphorical use of the word, occurring mainly in urban space and for phenomena in the sky. The third chapter is organized around the river as the Center of the world in a religious cosmogony, where the river represents the origin of the world and of the human race. The core analysis shows how the middle of the river is a symbolic space of a new beginning. As a sacred space, the river abolishes time as the object of contemplation and as relative immobility from the point of view of a person drifting downstream. The functions of a new beginning and of abolition of time are combined in the symbolic immersions in the water. Finally, the dissertation explores other symbolical spaces, such as the unknown destination of the drift, and the river as the Center of a utopia. The chapter closes with the existential agony as a result of the elimination of the Center in the urban environment. In the final chapter, the river is compared to other watercourses : the creek, the brook and the rapids. The river is more of a spatial entity, whereas the actual water is more important in the smaller watercourses. The river is more common than the other watercourses as a topographical element in the landscape, whereas the minor watercourses invite the characters to a closer contact with their element, in immersions and in drinking their water. Finally, the work situates the rivers in a broader context of different fictional spaces in Le Clézio's text.