Doc. Dr. Viola Parente-Čapková

I have studied and taught courses in Finnish literature, women writers and theory of literature in various European universities (among others, University of Turku, University of Helsinki, Charles University in Prague, University of London and University of Florence). I have also translated prose, poetry and non-fiction, mainly scholarly writings from Finnish, English and Italian into Czech.

My major research interests are Finnish literature of the late 19th and the early 20th century (namely literature of Decadence and Modernism) in comparative European perspective, gender studies, women writers in transnational perspective, mimesis, studies of nationalism and post-colonialism, and theoretical issues in literary history.

I have written articles and edited publications related to these issues. My habilitation thesis at the Charles University, Prague (Moderní finská literatura 1870–2000, 2007) was based on my part of the volume Moderní skandinávské literatury 1870–2000, ed. Martin Humpál, Prague: Karolinum 2006, 2nd revised edition 2013). In my doctoral dissertation at the University of Turku (Decadent New Woman (Un)Bound: Mimetic Strategies in L. Onerva’s Mirdja, 2014), I analysed the work of the Finnish writer L. Onerva (1882–1972) in a comparative perspective. I published numerous articles on L. Onerva and decadent women writers, and worked in the COST Action IS0901 “Women Women Writers in History - Toward a New Understanding of European Literary Culture”

Currently I am working in a HERA Collaborative Research Project “Travelling Texts 1790–1914: The Transnational Reception of Women’s Writing at the Fringes of Europe (Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain)” (2013 – 2016).




Postal Address
Viola Parente-Čapková
Department of Finnish Literature

e-mail: viocap(at)