Evan Wright Defends Dissertation on Comparative Ecocritical Approaches to Finnish and American Literature

  • Evan Wright and his PhD Committee, Gary Handwerk, Andrew Nestingen, Marianne Stecher
    Evan Wright and his PhD Committee, Gary Handwerk, Andrew Nestingen, Marianne Stecher
  • Evan Wright
    Evan Wright

Evan Wright successfullly defended his PhD Dissertation Ploughshares to Processors -- An Ecological critique of Technology in Post-War Finnish and American Literature on 17 March 2016. The dissertation studies what Wright calls "symbolic ecologies" in Finnish, American, and Scandinavian literature since 1945, finding key similarities in their figurative repertoires. The dissertation studies in particular the way figurative language combines human activity, technology, the land, and the non-human. Such clusters of symbols make evident and construct salient notions about the environment and technology's relationship to it. The dissertation develops readings of such authors as Väinö LInna, WIlliam Faulkner, Wilhelm Moberg, Phillip K. Dick, Arto Paasilinna, Johanna Sinisalo, and others. Congratulations Evan!