Doctor of Philosophy in English
First Committee Member
Megan Becker-Leckrone, Chair
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Graduate Faculty Representative
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This creative dissertation is a novel set in a fictional private hospital on the southwestern coast of Finland. The main character, Sunny Taylor, is an American nurse whose loneliness and isolation give the novel its distant emotional atmosphere and outsider’s perspective on life in Finland (a densely forested country long perceived as linguistically, culturally, and geographically remote from the rest of Europe). Other main characters include a reserved, chronically ill Finnish woman born before independence from Russia and educated as an architect; an unpleasant expatriate Danish woman who once gave ballroom dance lessons in Finnish cafés; an American obstetrician who comes to Finland with his young family; and a group of American “timber wives” attached to a joint Finnish-American timber venture. The American obstetrician brings maternity cases to Suvanto, and the predominantly childless American patients react with anguish and anger. Tensions escalate within the nearly snowbound hospital, resulting in the violent death of the obstetrician and the disappearance of his nurse.
Fiction; Finland; Hospitals; Nurses
American Literature | Literature in English, North America | Modern Literature
Chapman, Maile, "Your Presence Is Requested at Suvanto" (2010). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 727.