Anna Tomi

Anna Tomi is a PhD candidate in the Department of Scandinavian. She received her BA in Finnish Literature from University of Helsinki, with a concentration on art history and gender studies.

After spending the year 2011–2012 as a visiting scholar at the Department of Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley, she completed her MA at the University of Helsinki while working as a literary critic and the editor-in-chief of Finland’s pre-eminent poetry journal. Her first book of poetry was published in 2019, and she is currently working on a book of essays.  At Berkeley, Anna has taught courses on Reading and Composition, Finnish language, Finland’s history and culture, as well as Scandinavian feminist literature. As a recipient of the Uppsala-Berkeley Exchange Fellowship, Anna spent a semester at the University of Uppsala, where she focused on travel writing.  She will return to Uppsala for the academic year 2022-2023 as a Brigit Baldwin Scandinavian Studies fellow to continue her research.

Her work on Finland-Swedish modernist and contemporary poetry has previously appeared in Scandinavian Studies, Svenska litteratursällskapet I Finland’s year book Historiska och litteraturhistoriska studier, and Kritiker.

Her dissertation “Text of Kin—Utopian Intertextuality Between Finland and Sweden in Interwar Literature” explores the social imagination performed by intertextually circulated tropes of outsiderness between 1920s and 1940s in Finnish, Finland-Swedish, and Swedish modernist literature.