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The politics of Hella Wuolijoki's autobiography

Journal article
Authors Katarina Leppänen
Published in Scandinavian Journal of History
Volume 41
Issue 1
Pages 91-109
ISSN 0346-8755
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion
Pages 91-109
Language en
Keywords Hella Wuolijoki, autobiography, politics, persona, Finland, gender
Subject categories History of Ideas


This article approaches the Finnish-Estonian Jill-of-all-trades, Hella Wuolijoki (1886-1954), through her autobiographical writings. She was active in business, politics, science and culture during a turbulent time in Finnish history, and her radical political stance and unorthodox methods made her a controversial person. The article revisits the concept of persona, as it has been used in history of science, in order to analyse how Wuolijoki used her autobiographical writings to expand the field of acceptable actions for women, and to justify her own life choices.

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