Literary Studies and Creative Writing
Docent, Faculty of Humanities
INTERACT: Intersectional Reading, Social Justice and Literary Activism (PI Kaisa Ilmonen)

Areas of expertise

French and Francophone literature
Italian postcolonial literature
Russian literature
literary theory
postcolonial and decolonial theory
cultural memory studies
critical medical humanities
death studies


Marta-Laura Cenedese is researcher in the project INTERACT: Intersectional Reading, Social Justice, and Literary Activism (Kone Foundation) and associate researcher at the Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin. She studied at the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari and Sciences-Po Paris before completing a PhD in French and comparative literature at the University of Cambridge. She has been a visiting PhD student at the European University of St. Petersburg, and in 2020 she was visiting fellow at the Dahlem Humanities Center (FU Berlin). In Spring 2023, she is visiting researcher at the Centre d'Histoire, Sciences-Po Paris. 

Marta was the co-convenor of the SELMA Medical Humanities Seminar Series and coordinator of the study circle ‘Narrative and Violence’ (Nordic Summer University, 2020–2022). She is on the editorial board of the journal Storyworlds (University of Nebraska Press) and board member of SELMA Centre for the Study of Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory (University of Turku). 


Marta teaches courses in comparative literature and cultural studies, 


Marta’s research focuses on twentieth- and twenty-first century postcolonial literatures and cultures, on narrative and memory, from an intersectional feminist approach. Overall, her research engages with the dynamics between cultural phenomena and the political, asking how we interpret cultural/literary objects; how these allow contemporary publics to make sense of the past, their own experiences, their identities, and the worlds they inhabit; and how they contribute to shaping how we imagine the future.

She is the author of the monograph Irène Némirovsky’s Russian Influences: Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and Chekhov (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021) and of several articles on a range of topics that have appeared or are forthcoming in edited volumes and peer-reviewed journals – such as Comparative Literature, Itinéraires. Littérature, textes, culturesStoryworlds: A Journal of Narrative Studies. She edited the special issue ‘Connective Histories of Death’ (Thanatos 9:2, 2020, with Samira Saramo), the volume Written on the Body: Narrative (Re)constructions of Violence(s) (Logos Verlag Berlin, 2023), and the special issue 'Making Sense of Violence in The Digital Age' (Storyworlds 13.1, in press, with Miłosz Wojtyna). 


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Introduction: Connective Histories of Death (2020)

Thanatos - Suomalaisen Kuolemantutkimuksen Verkkojulkaisu
Samira Saramo, Marta-Laura Cenedese
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