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Notes on Contributors

The Electronic Journal of the Department of English
at the University of Helsinki

ISSN 1457-9960

Volume 3, 2004

Literary Studies


NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS

Juuso Aarnio received his MA in English philology at the University of Helsinki in 2000. He is currently a postgraduate student at The Finnish Graduate School of Literary Studies and a part-time instructor at the Department of English. His Ph.D. thesis focuses on contemporary popular science writing and its shared discourses with fiction.

Joseph Flanagan is University Lecturer at the Department of English. His research interests include twentieth-century British and Irish literature.

Antti Mäkinen is a post-graduate student currently completing his dissertation, entitled “Through a Glass Darkly: The Limitations of Language and the Meaning of
Silence in Patrick White’s The Tree of Man, Voss and Riders in the Chariot“.

Venla Oikkonen is a postgraduate student working on her PhD dissertation titled “Narrating Genes, Sex and Desire: Gendered Bodies in Contemporary Popular Biology and Anglo-American Fiction”. She is currently working as an Assistant in the Department of English, University of Helsinki. From June 2005, she will be a researcher in the Finnish Graduate School of Women’s Studies.

Bo Pettersson is Professor of the Literature of the United States at the Department of English, University of Helsinki, and the Director of The Finnish Graduate School of Literary Studies.

Merja Polvinen completed her Licentiate degree in English from the University of Helsinki in 2003. She is currently working in The Finnish Graduate School of Literary Studies, both as a coordinator and on her PhD on the interpretations of chaos theory in English literature and literary studies.

Mark Shackleton is a University Lecturer and Docent at the Department of English, University of Helsinki, and co-director of the University of Helsinki project “Cross-Cultural Contacts: Diaspora Writing in English”. He is the author of Moving Outward: The Development of Charles Olson’s Use of Myth (1994), and has published on postcolonial writing, especially Native North American writing, including articles on Tomson Highway, Gerald Vizenor, Thomas King, Monique Mojica, Louise Erdrich, and Simon J. Ortiz.

Jenni Valjento (FM) is a doctoral student at Helsinki University English Department. Her dissertation, “Beyond ‘Female Identity’?: Representing Postcolonial Social Change and Migration as Gendered Experiences in the Works of Anita Desai, Bharati Mukherjee and Chitra Divakaruni”, focuses on representations of Indian and Indian-American women and their experiences of pre- and post-Independence India, migration and life in the West.

Tiina Wikström (FM) is a postgraduate student at the Department of English, University of Helsinki. Her dissertation, “Restor(y)ing Indians – Survival and Trickster Stories in Louise Erdrich’s novels”, focuses on Louise Erdrich’s writings and her representations of Native American Chippewa or Anishinabe reality as well as the concepts of trickster survival and
restor(y)ing.

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