Mark Shackleton
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Mark Shackleton

Mark Shackleton came to Finland in 1975 and has been here (with small ‘escapes’ – a year in London, two years in Gothenburg) ever since. He started as a teacher in the Finnish-British Society in Helsinki, worked in ‘Kielikeskus’ (University of Helsinki language services), and has been a lecturer in the English Department since 1981. Shackleton’s research has focused on the Native American Trickster figure, and lately on the literature of transnational adoption.

Mark Shackleton

Mark Hugh James Shackleton
Born 19 May 1950, Wimbledon, London

Licentiate 1990, Doctor of Philosophy 1994 (American Literature), University of Helsinki
PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) 1978, English as a Foreign Language, University of London
Master of Arts (American Literature and American Studies) 1972, University of London
Bachelor of Arts (English Literature and American Studies) 1971, University of Wales, Swansea

Lecturer 1981–, Department of English, University of Helsinki
Docent (English Literature) 2001, Department of English, University of Helsinki

Research interests
Native North American Literature, Postcolonial Literature, Transnational Adoption Literature

Publications, projects and other scientific activities

Prizes and Awards
White Rose of Finland (Knight, 1st class) for contributions to education in Finland, August 2001.

Photo: Mika Federley
Written by Mark Shackleton (Tomas Sjöblom, ed.)

My research has mainly centred on Native North American writing and particularly the Trickster figure as a symbol of cultural survival. Trickster figures are found in virtually every culture (Finns know best Kettu Repolainen, Reynard the Fox).

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I like to keep in touch with teachers out in the field and have over the years run many seminars for Finnish teachers of English. I’m also an English language examiner for the Finnish Matriculation Examination, so I have a sense of what level of English is ‘out there’.

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