Karin Kukkonen

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Visiting address Niels Treschows hus (730)
Postal address Postboks 1003 Blindern 0315 OSLO

I am the convenor of the research and education initiative, Literature, Cognition and Emotions (LCE). LCE is an interdisciplinary hub that brings together literary studies, linguistics, psychology and neurosciences in a new conversation about literature.

In 2019, I was awarded the first University of Oslo's Young Researchers Prize.

CV Kukkonen

Academic interests

Narratology; Poetics; Eighteenth-Century Literature; Comics and Graphic Novels; Cognitive Literary Study

Ongoing research

Reading Habits During the COVID-19 Pandemic (LCE) (pdf)

Creativity and Contingency (pdf)

Earlier Projects

Probability Designs: Literature and Predictive Processing (pdf)

How the Novel Found its Feet: Embodiment in Eighteenth-Century Fiction

A Prehistory of Cognitive Poetics: Neoclassicism and the Novel

For more on my research and publications, see my profiles on Academia.edu, ResearchGate and Google Scholar.

Courses taught

LIT1302  Vestens litteratur 1700-1900

LIT4340A/LIT4340B Litterært tekststudium I: Mimesis

LIT4310A/LIT4310B Litteraturteoretisk studium I: Cognitive Literary Study

LIT2340  Sjangerstudium: The Makings of a Genre: The Eighteenth-Century Novel

LIT2300  Litteraturtheoretisk emne: The Theory and History of Reading

Tags: Comparative Literature, Narratology, Eighteenth-Century Studies, Comics and Graphic Novels, Cognitive Poetics


Kukkonen, Karin. (2020). "The Speed of Plot: Narrative Acceleration and Deceleration" Orbis Litterarum 75(2): 73-85. Read the article here.

Kukkonen, Karin. (2020). Probability Designs: Literature and Predictive Processing. Oxford University Press.

Kukkonen, Karin. (2019). 4E Cognition and Eighteenth-Century Fiction: How the Novel Found its Feet. Oxford University Press.

Kukkonen, Karin (2017). A Prehistory of Cognitive Poetics. Neoclassicism and the Novel. Oxford University Press.

  • Kukkonen, Karin (2020). Does Cognition Translate? Predictions, Plot and World Literature. Poetics Today.  ISSN 0333-5372.  41(2), s 243- 260 . doi: 10.1215/03335372-8172556 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2020). Kognitiv litteraturforskning: Att se sig själv tänka, I: Sigrid Schottenius Cullhed; Andreas Hedberg & Johan Svedjedal (red.),  Litteraturvetenskap II.  Studentlitteratur AB.  ISBN 9789144136257.  Chapter 13.  s 247 - 264
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2020). The Self and Subjectivity: Why the Enlightenment is Relevant for Posthumanism, In Mads Rosendahl Thomsen & Jacob Wamberg (ed.),  The Bloomsbury Handbook of Posthumanism.  Bloomsbury Academic.  ISBN 9781350090477.  Chapter 2.  s 25 - 34
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2020). The Speed of Plot: Narrative Acceleration and Deceleration. Orbis Litterarum.  ISSN 0105-7510.  75(2), s 73- 85 . doi: 10.1111/oli.12251 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Fabry, Regina & Kukkonen, Karin (2019). Reconsidering the Mind-Wandering Reader: Predictive Processing, Probability Designs and Enculturation. Frontiers in Psychology.  ISSN 1664-1078.  9 . doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02648 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Jajdelska, Elspeth; Anderson, Miranda; Butler, Christopher; Fabb, Nigel; Finnigan, Elizabeth; Garwood, Ian; Kelly, Stephen; Kirk, Wendy; Kukkonen, Karin; Mullally, Sinead & Schwan, Stephan (2019). Picture this: A review of research relating to narrative processing by moving image versus language. Frontiers in Psychology.  ISSN 1664-1078.  10:1161, s 1- 15 . doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01161 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2019). Exploring Inner Perceptions: Interoception, Literature and Mindfulness. Journal of Consciousness Studies.  ISSN 1355-8250.  26(11-12), s 107- 132 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2019). Handlung und Handlungslogik -- Frühe Neuzeit, I: Eva von Contzen & Stefan Tilg (red.),  Handbuch Historische Narratologie.  Verlag J. B. Metzler.  ISBN 978-3-476-04713-7.  Chapter 24.  s 262 - 271
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2019). Reading by Proxy: A Visit to the Literary Archive. Cogent Arts & Humanities.  ISSN 2331-1983.  6(1) . doi: 10.1080/23311983.2019.1687271 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2019). The Literary Designer Environments of Eighteenth-Century Jesuit Poetics, In Miranda Anderson; George Rousseau & Michael Wheeler (ed.),  Distributed Cognition in Enlightenment and Romantic Culture.  Edinburgh University Press.  ISBN 978-1-4744-4228-2.  Article.  s 187 - 203
  • Vogrincic Cepic, Ana & Kukkonen, Karin (2019). Practices and Technologies Across Two Reading Revolutions: Reading the Eighteenth Century into the Twenty-First. International Journal of the Book.  ISSN 1447-9516.  17(1), s 27- 37 . doi: http://doi.org/10.18848/1447-9516/CGP/v17i01/27-37
  • Alber, Jan; Caracciolo, Marco; Iversen, Stefan; Kukkonen, Karin & Nielsen, Henrik Skov (2018). Introduction: Unnatural and Cognitive Perspectives on Narrative (A Theory Crossover). Poetics Today.  ISSN 0333-5372.  39(3), s 429- 445 . doi: 10.1215/03335372-7032676 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2018). A moving target – cognitive narratology and feminism. Textual Practice.  ISSN 0950-236X.  32(6), s 973- 989 . doi: 10.1080/0950236X.2018.1486543 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2018). Frances Greville's "A Prayer for Indifference: The Limits of Sentiment. English Literature: Theories, Interpretations, Contexts.  ISSN 2385-1635.  1(5) . doi: 10.30687/EL/2420-823X/2018/05/008 Show summary
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2018). Genre Fiction in the Graphic Novel: The Case of Science Fiction, In Jan M. Baetens; Hugo Frey & Stephen Tabachnik (ed.),  The Cambridge History of the Graphic Novel.  Cambridge University Press.  ISBN 9781316759981.  29.  s 476 - 491 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2018). The Fully Extended Mind, In Zara Dinnen & Robyn Warhol (ed.),  The Edinburgh Companion for Contemporary Narrative Theory.  Edinburgh University Press.  ISBN 9781474424745.  4.  s 56 - 66 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2018). The curse of realism: Cognitive narratology and the historical dimension. Partial Answers.  ISSN 1565-3668.  16(2), s 291- 302 . doi: 10.1353/pan.2018.0020 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Kukkonen, Karin & Nielsen, Henrik Skov (2018). Fictionality: Cognition and exceptionality. Poetics Today.  ISSN 0333-5372.  39(3), s 473- 494 . doi: 10.1215/03335372-7032704 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Caracciolo, Marco; Guédon, Cécile; Kukkonen, Karin & Müller, Sabine (2017). The Promise of an Embodied Narratology: Integrating Cognition, Representation and Interpretation., In Per Krogh Hansen; John Pier; Philippe Roussin & Wolf Schmid (ed.),  Emerging Vectors of Narratology.  Walter de Gruyter.  ISBN 978-3-11-055518-9.  Chapter.  s 435 - 459 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2017). Adventures in Duck-rabbitry: Multistable elements of graphic narrative. Narrative.  ISSN 1063-3685.  25(3), s 342- 358 . doi: 10.1353/nar.2017.0018 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2017). Fantastic Cognition, In Michael Burke & Emily Troscianko (ed.),  Cognitive Literary Science: Dialogues between Literature and Cognition.  Oxford University Press.  ISBN 9780190496869.  Chapter 8.  s 151 - 167 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2017). Problems of Tellability in German Eighteenth-Century Criticism and Novel-Writing, In Liisa Steinby & Aino Mäkikalli (ed.),  Narrative Concepts in the Study of Eighteenth-Century Literature.  Amsterdam University Press.  ISBN 9789089648747.  Kapittel.  s 177 - 198 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2016). Bayesian Bodies: The Predictive Dimension of Embodied Cognition and Culture, In Peter Garratt (ed.),  The Cognitive Humanities: Embodied Mind in Literature and Culture.  Palgrave Macmillan.  ISBN 978-1-137-59328-3.  Chapter 9.  s 153 - 167
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2016). Samuel Richardson Among the Ancients and Moderns, In Paddy Bullard & Alexis Tadié (ed.),  Ancients and Moderns in Europe: Comparative Perspectives.  Oxford Studies in the Enlightenment.  ISBN 978-0-7294-1177-6.  Chapter 12.  s 229 - 242
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2016). When Social Minds Get into Trouble. Orbis Litterarum.  ISSN 0105-7510.  71(4), s 307- 327 . doi: 10.1111/oli.12102
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2015). "A Prayer for Indifference": Die Grenzen der Gefühlskultur. Das Achtzehnte Jahrhundert.  ISSN 0722-740X.  39(2), s 186- 196 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2014). Bayesian Narrative: Probability, Plot and the Shape of the Fictional World. Anglia. Zeitschrift für englische Philologie.  ISSN 0340-5222.  123(4), s 720- 739 . doi: 10.1515/ang-2014-0075 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2014). Presence and Prediction: The Embodied Reader's Cascades of Cognition. Style.  ISSN 0039-4238.  48(3), s 367- 384 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2014). Quixotic Reasoning: Counterfactuals, Causation and Literary Storyworlds. Paragraph.  ISSN 0264-8334.  37(1), s 47- 61 . doi: 10.3366/para.2014.0109 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2013). Flouting Figures: Uncooperative Narration in the Fiction of Eliza Haywood. Language and Literature.  ISSN 0963-9470.  22(3), s 205- 218 . doi: 10.1177/0963947013489238
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2013). Space, Time and Causality in Graphic Narratives: An Embodied Approach, In Daniel Stein & Jan-Noël Thon (ed.),  From Comic Strips to Graphic Novels: Contributions to the Theory and History of Graphic Narrative.  De Gruyter Mouton.  ISBN 9783110282023.  Chapter.  s 49 - 66

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  • Kukkonen, Karin (2020). Probability Designs: Literature and Predictive Processing. Oxford University Press.  ISBN 9780190050955.  225 s.
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2019). 4E Cognition and Eighteenth-Century Fiction: How the Novel Found its Feet. Oxford University Press.  ISBN 9780190913045.  264 s.
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2017). A Prehistory of Cognitive Poetics: Neoclassicism and the Novel. Oxford University Press.  ISBN 9780190634766.  263 s.
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2013). Contemporary Comics Storytelling. University of Nebraska Press.  ISBN 9780803246379.  248 s.
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2013). Studying Comics and Graphic Novels. Wiley-Blackwell.  ISBN 978-1-118-49992-4.  190 s.

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  • Kukkonen, Karin (2021). Review of Improbability, Chance and the Nineteenth-Century Realist Novel by Adam Grener.. Review19.
  • Kukkonen, Karin & Buer, Liz (2021, 01. februar). Interview: Litteratur gir støtte og trøst.. [Fagblad].  Psykisk Helse.
  • Davanger, Svend; Kukkonen, Karin & Eifring, Halvor Bøyesen (2020). Tankestrømmens tidsalder - Hvordan hjernen finner hvile i litteratur, meditasjon og hverdagsliv.
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2020). Coda: Literature, Language and Creativity. Cognitive Semantics.  ISSN 2352-6408.  13(1) . doi: https://doi.org/10.1515/cogsem-2020-2030
  • Kukkonen, Karin & Langford, Malcolm (2020, 03. desember). Å tro på en fortelling: Litteratur, lover og sannsynlighet.. [Internett].  HumSam Biblioteket.
  • Festøy, Elin; Rustad, Hans Kristian Strandstuen & Kukkonen, Karin (2019). Litteraturscena: De nye fortellingene.
  • Fialho, Olivia & Kukkonen, Karin (2019). Reading Workshop Organizers.
  • Guth, Stephan; Pepe, Teresa & Kukkonen, Karin (2019). Book launch "Literary Visions of the Middle East" (compl./comm./ed. by S. Guth).
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2019). Cognition, Good and Bad (Review of Vera Tobin, Elements of Surprise). Cambridge quarterly.  ISSN 0008-199X.  48(2), s 167- 171
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2019). Gebrochene Reihen: Narratologie, Erwartungshorizonte und Stoffgeschichte. Beiträge zur mediävistischen Erzählforschung.  ISSN 2568-9967. . doi: https://doi.org/10.25619/BmE2019234
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2019). Hva er vi eksperter på? Litteraturforskning og tverrfaglighet.
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2019). Literary Fiction in Norwegian Lending Libraries in the Eighteenth Century / Skjønnlitteratur i norske bibliotek på 1700-tallet.
  • Kukkonen, Karin & Hustvedt, Siri (2019). Minner om fremtiden: Siri Hustvedt og Karin Kukkonen i samtale.
  • Kukkonen, Karin; Kuzmičová, Anežka; Polvinen, Merja & Ledet Christiansen, Steen (2019). The place of the cognitive in literary studies. Cogent Arts & Humanities.  ISSN 2331-1983. Full text in Research Archive.
  • Kukkonen, Karin; Pullinger, Kate & Hayler, Matthew (2019). Digital Fiction: Samtale mellom Kate Pullinger, Matt Hayler og Karin Kukkonen.
  • Kukkonen, Karin & Vogel, Juliane (2019). Findekuenste in der Literatur: Vom Schatzhaus zum Mash-up..
  • Kukkonen, Karin & Østby, Ylva (2019, 30. desember). Litterær tankevandring -- hvorfor det ikke er galskap å lese bøker. [Tidsskrift].  Kritikeren.
  • Caracciolo, Marco & Kukkonen, Karin (2018). Hitting the Wall? The Rhetorical Approach and the Role of Reader Response (Response to Phelan). Style.  ISSN 0039-4238.  52(1-2), s 45- 50 . doi: 10.1353/sty.2018.0005
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2018). Francois Ozon's "8 femmes" and Predictive Processing.
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2018). Kunnskapens Former. Vinduet.  ISSN 0042-6288.  2, s 121- 124
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2018). Review of Sean Silver, The Mind is a Collection.. Scriblerian and the Kit-Cats.  ISSN 0036-9640.  50(2), s 173- 175
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2018). The Cognitive Work of Form.
  • Kukkonen, Karin; Østby, Ylva & Eifring, Halvor Bøyesen (2018). Mind-Wandering, Meditasjon og Litteratur.
  • Malabou, Catherine; Jensen Rathe, Kaja & Kukkonen, Karin (2018). Malabou og den plastiske hjerne (Malabou and the Plastic Brain).
  • Williams, Abigail & Kukkonen, Karin (2018). Books as a Social Medium. A Conversation on Reading.
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2017). An Argument from Design: Literature and Predictive Processing.
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2017). Handlung / Plot, I: Martin Huber & Wolf Schmid (red.),  Grundthemen der Literaturwissenschaft: Erzählen.  Walter de Gruyter.  ISBN 978-3-11-040118-9.  III.2.2.  s 278 - 298
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2017). Reading Literary Narrative: Event and Experience.
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2017). Richardson / Laclos: A Mash-up of the Eighteenth-Century Novel.
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2017). The Self-Organising Plot.
  • Kukkonen, Karin; Cave, Terence & Cullhed, Eric (2017). Cognitive Poetics. A Conversation..
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2016). Ambiguous Figures: Adventures in Duck-Rabbitry.
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2016). Fictions of the Future.
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2016). Probability Designs: Literature and Predictive Processing.
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2016). Reading Revolutions.
  • Kukkonen, Karin (2016). The Return of Astrea.
  • Kukkonen, Karin & Østby, Ylva (2016). Literature and Cognition. A Conversation..
  • Schimanski, Johan Henrik; Körber, Lill-Ann; Kukkonen, Karin & Espiñeira, Keina (2016). Are Borders Fictions? A film showing and a conversation. Show summary

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