Maria Jotuni

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Maria Jotuni
Maria Jotuni in 1930
Maria Jotuni in 1930
BornMaria Gustaava Jotuni
(1880-04-09)9 April 1880
Kuopio, Finland
Died30 September 1943(1943-09-30) (aged 63)
Helsinki, Finland

Maria Gustaava Jotuni (Haggrén until 1906,[1] Jotuni-Tarkiainen from 1911, born 9 April 1880[1] Kuopio, died 30 September 1943 in Helsinki) was a Finnish author and a playwright.


Jotuni went to an all-girls school in Kuopio.[2] She graduated in 1900 and planned to become teacher. In 1900–1904 she studied history and literature at the University of Helsinki.[2] Jotuni met her future husband, the literary critic Viljo Tarkiainen (1879–1951), in the university, and they got married in 1911. They had two sons: Jukka Tarkiainen and Tuttu Tarkiainen.

She is sometimes considered an early feminist,[3] and according to Jukka's son Kari Tarkiainen, her posthumously published novel Huojuva talo ("Tottering House") was based on her marriage to his grandfather; it depicts the husband as nightmarishly abusive.

She started working as a journalist in a student magazine at the University of Helsinki. Maria Haggrén changed her surname to Jotuni in 1906. "Jotuni" means a giant in Scandinavian mythology.[2][4][5] She died of heart disease in Helsinki.[1]



  • Vanha koti (1910: "The Old Home")
  • Miehen kylkiluu (1914: "The Man's Rib")
  • Savu-uhri (1915: "Smoke Sacrifice")
  • Kultainen vasikka (1918: "The Golden Calf")
  • Tohvelisankarin rouva (1924: "The Hen-Pecked Husband's Wife")
  • Olen syyllinen (1929: "I am Guilty")
  • Kurdin prinssi (1932: "The Kurd Prince")
  • Klaus, Louhikon herra (1942: "Klaus, Master of Louhikko")


  • Arkielämää (1909: "Ordinary Life")
  • Huojuva talo (1936, published 1963 posthumously. Depicts contemporary literary ideas, realism and Tolstoyism. Adapted for the Finnish stage by Maaria Koskiluoma in 1983; Koskiluoma's stage adaptation was translated into English as Tottering House by Douglas Robinson for the Frank Theatre in Minneapolis in 1994.)
  • Äiti ja poika. Elämän hiljaisina hetkinä (1965: "Mother and Son: In Life's Quiet Moments")
  • Norsunluinen laulu (1947, posthumous: "Ivory Song")
  • Jäähyväiset (1949, posthumous: "Farewell").

Short stories:

  • Suhteita (1905: "Relationships")
  • Rakkautta (1907: "Love")
  • Kun on tunteet (1913: "Since There Are Feelings")
  • Martinin rikos (1914: "Martin's Crime")
  • Jussi ja Lassi (1921: "Jussi and Lassi")
  • Tyttö ruusutarhassa (1927: "The Girl in the Rose Garden")

Collection of other works:

  • Kootut teokset I–IV (1930: "Collected Works I-IV")
  • Valitut teokset (1954: "Selected Works")
  • Maria Jotunin aforismit (1959: "MJ's Aphorisms")
  • Novellit ja muuta proosaa I–II (edited by Irmeli Niemi, Otava, 1980: "Short Stories and Other Prose, I-II")
  • Näytelmät (edited by Irmeli Niemi. Otava, 1981: "Plays")
  • Kun on tunteet, Tyttö ruusutarhassa ynnä muita novelleja edited by Irmeli Niemi, SKS, 1999, 262 pages, ISBN 951-746-125-9 ("Since There Are Feelings, The Girl in the Rose Garden, and Other Short Stories")


  1. ^ a b c Maria Jotuni 1880 – 1943.
  2. ^ a b c Liukkonen, Petri. "Maria Jotuni". Books and Writers ( Finland: Kuusankoski Public Library. Archived from the original on 6 July 2009.
  3. ^ Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre, edited by Colin Chambers, page 277
  4. ^ Maria Jotuni.
  5. ^ Innostus Archived 20 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine. (in Finnish)

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