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Graduate Student Liina-Ly Roos Awarded Master's Degree

Submitted by Seth Sherwood on May 22, 2014 - 3:49pm

Congratulations to Liina-Ly Roos, who in spring 2014 passed her final examination to earn the Master of Arts degree in Scandinavian Languages and Literature. Her MA thesis, “Post-Soviet Identity in Nordic Fiction: Trauma of Occupation and Sex Trafficking in Sofi Oksanen’s Purge and Lukas Moodysson’s Lilya 4-ever,” analyzed a recent Swedish film and a Finnish novel, both of them set in Estonia, that elicited much controversy in northern Europe. Both works and present narratives of sexual trauma and failed therapy. “Fiction becomes personal,” writes Roos, ”It allows the audience to become part of a life and has an impact on them in different ways.” For Estonian readers or viewers, these works may offer therapy when they confront their nation’s tragic, traumatic past.