Ah, Finlandia

May 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

The other day I interviewed Dr. Helena Halmari, Chair of the English Department, about her new position as editor-in-chief of Journal of Finnish Studies and naturally, we talked about her research interests (linguistics) and a bit about Finland.

You can learn more about Dr. Halmari online & view her list of publications. In the podcast Dr. Halmari discusses two of her articles: 2010. Finnish women in Gainesville, Florida. Siirtolaisuus – Migration 2. 18-22. and 2005. Finnish maledicta and euphemisms. Maledicta 13. 63-72.

Listen to the podcast! She even speaks some Finnish for us.

I had Dr. Halmari once upon a time as a graduate student at Sam Houston State University when I was in the English program. She is an excellent professor. I learned quite a bit and I actually enjoyed it! Who’d’ve thunk linguistics would’ve been so interesting?

 The Newton Gresham Library is in the process of cataloging the Journal of Finnish Studies that Dr. Halmari generously donated to our shelves. Hopefully it’ll be in the catalog soon for those of you eager to get your bearkat paws on it.

In the meantime, here is a smattering of books you might find interesting & worth checking out (if you can beat me to the stacks).

Aliens and linguists: language study and science fiction

Metropole (fiction about linguists)

The unfolding language: an evolutionary tour of mankind’s greatest invention

Baltic Literature: a survey of Finnish, Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian literatures 

The history of Finland

Mrs. Grundy: studies in English prudery

The Baltic quintet : poems from Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Sweden

Fuck: word taboo and protecting our First Amendment liberties

Art treasures of Medieval Finland

You may also be interested in Books from Finland: a literary journal (online) that has a wealth of posts and suggested authors and reviews. You can ILL many of the translated books.

Start a Finnish craze!

*Finlandia is the title of a symphonic poem by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. It was written in 1899 in support of freedom of the press. Learn more from NPR & listen to it played. You can also check out the book Sibelius : a composer’s life and the awakening of Finland from the Music Listening Room on the 1st floor.

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