Preachin’ the Ecocriticism Gospel to the Young’uns

Believe in Ecocriticism, and ye shall be established; believe its prophets, and ye shall prosper! The first day of spring yesterday was a fun one. I was invited* to give a lecture on ecocriticism to a class of high schoolers at the international IB high school here in Vaasa. The idea was that since the students are right now getting ready … Continue reading Preachin’ the Ecocriticism Gospel to the Young’uns

ASLE Is Standing Up for Standing Rock

ASLE (Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment) has approached their members to sign a statement of support for the water protectors at Standing Rock. The statement is below in italics. I thought I'd just post it here to spread the word. If you're a member of ASLE, you too can sign. ASLE states … Continue reading ASLE Is Standing Up for Standing Rock

Final Words on Turkey and Some Thoughts on Academic Life in Finland

I've now been back in Finland for over a month after my exchange period at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey, and have gotten some perspective on my time there, as well as to my future here in Finland. First, I promised in my last Turkey Diaries post that I'd tell my final grade for the … Continue reading Final Words on Turkey and Some Thoughts on Academic Life in Finland

Research News: “It’s a Glorious Thing to Be Funded”

The title quote is from a senior scholar at English Studies here at the University of Vaasa upon hearing the good news that I received further funding for my research. I concur wholeheartedly with it. So, what happened was that I received a one-year research scholarship from Etelä-Pohjanmaan kulttuurirahasto (Southern Ostrobothnia Cultural Foundation) to continue writing my dissertation. … Continue reading Research News: “It’s a Glorious Thing to Be Funded”