Anna Tomi

    Anna Tomi

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Anna Tomi earned her BA (2011) and MA (2015) at the University of Helsinki with a major in Finnish Literature and a designated emphasis in Gender Studies, Semiotics, and Art History. In 2011-12 Tomi studied at the Department of Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley, and returned as a visiting scholar in 2017, after working as a literary critic and editor in chief of a literary magazine for several years. In 2018, she started her PhD at the Department of Scandinavian at UC Berkeley. Her research focuses on the interwar period in Finland-Swedish literature, with a special emphasis on Modernist poetry. Her points of interest include multilingualism, literary exchange, and geographic mobility, as well as the dialogue between philosophy and poetry. Against the background of he poetics and politics of the minor, especially within the framework of the emerging nationalistic discourse, she examines the Modernist poets’ self-construction and self-negation through a play on language of citizenship. Informed by the scholarship on diasporic Modernisms, she hopes to explore how the evocation of geographic borders corresponds with the construction of conceptual boundaries within the context of the interwar period.