Literary Studies and Creative Writing

Areas of expertise

French literature
Italian literature
Russian literature
literary theory
cultural memory


Marta Laura Cenedese received her PhD in French and comparative literature from the University of Cambridge and now works as a TIAS postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Turku. Trained in modern languages and comparative literature (French, Russian, and Italian) at the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari, Marta has also studied at the Université Paris IV-Sorbonne and Sciences-Po Paris (MA in arts, culture, and management studies). In addition, she has been a visiting PhD student at the European University of St Petersburg. Before coming to Turku as a postdoctoral researcher, she taught at the University of Cambridge, the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari, and at various high school-level institutions in both Russia and Italy.


Marta teaches comparative literature and cultural studies. 


Marta’s research focuses on twentieth- and twenty-first century comparative literature, narrative studies, and cultural memory studies. She is the author of Irène Némirovsky’s Russian Influences: Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and Chekhov (to be published by Palgrave Macmillan). She has published on life-writing, autobiographical and biographical narration, multimodal storytelling, the intersections of literature, history and politics, and comparative practices in literary fiction and literary studies. Her other research interests include exile and migration, ethics and aesthetics, gender studies, as well as film and photography.


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Introduction: Connective Histories of Death (2020)

Thanatos - Suomalaisen Kuolemantutkimuksen Verkkojulkaisu
Samira Saramo, Marta-Laura Cenedese
(Kirjoitus tai data-artikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä (B1))