The Visual Imagery and the Finnish Myth of Kalevala in Contemporary Finnish Comics

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  • 8 000,00

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Project start date: 01/10/2019

Project end date: 31/12/2019


This post doc project aims to study the Finnish adaptations of Kalevala. The subject is the Kalevala illustrated by Akseli Gallen-Kallela and how this imagery describes the Finnish myth. The study analyses different comics adaptations of Kalevala such as Kristian Huitula's and Petri Hiltunen's works from the late 1990s to Sami Makkonen's recent publication of 2019. The analysis aims to find out how do comics both reuse and modify the existing visual imagery of Kalevala by Gallen-Kallela as well as the Finnish myth.
The methods are both formal and semiotic comic analysis within the framework of cultural studies and postmodernism. Concerning the adaptation studies, the scientific framework is based on transmedia studies, because the storyworld of Kalevala radically crosses the borders of both medium and genre during its transmission to comic format.

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