Sanna Lehtonen

I am currently employed as a University Lecturer in Applied Linguistics/Discourse Studies at the Department of Languages, University of Jyväskylä. My research, including my doctoral dissertation (2010, University of Jyväskylä & Macquarie University) and postdoctoral work, is broadly situated in the area of gender, language and children and youth cultures. I am especially interested in non-mainstream, alternative ways of doing gender and in different ways of rewriting gendered discourses.

In 2011-2014 I was a Postdoctoral Researcher in a project titled “Transformations of the Public Sphere” at the Department of Culture Studies, Tilburg University, Netherlands. My work in the project consisted of turning my doctoral dissertation into an extended book on representations of girlhood in contemporary English-language children’s fantasy (Girls Transforming, 2013), as well as new projects examining (post)colonialist discourses in children’s fantasy literature and the reception of literary authors and literature in social media.

In connection with the project “Language and Superdiversity – (Dis)identification in social media”, I am looking into ways in which fans of children’s animated media negotiate their gendered identities on fan-maintained discussion forums online. I am particularly interested in examining how gender intersects with other identity categories, including the traditional “big” categories of age, sexuality, social class, ethnicity, and nationality but also with smaller, emergent categories such as (in)visibility or expertise as a fan.

Selected publications:

  • Lehtonen, Sanna 2014. Tarzan of the Apes – The Bearman Tarsa: Discourses of National Identity and Colonialism in a Finnish Adaptation of an American Classic. In S. Geerts and S. Van den Bossche (eds), Neverending Stories: Adaptation, Canonisation and Ideology in Children’s Literature, 23–43.
  • Lehtonen, Sanna 2013. Girls Transforming: Invisibility and Age-Shifting in Children's Fantasy Fiction Since the 1970s. Jefferson: McFarland.
  • Lehtonen, Sanna 2013."Listen girl. Hitler is dead." – Reception of a female public intellectual on Finnish online discussion forums. Tilburg Papers in Culture Studies, Paper 46. Available at https://www.tilburguniversity.edu/research/institutes-and-research-groups/babylon/tpcs/.
  • Lehtonen, Sanna 2012. “I’m glad I was designed”: Un/doing gender and class in Susan Price’s ”Odin Trilogy”. Children’s Literature in Education, 43 (3), 242–259. DOI 10.1007/s10583-012-9162-7. Available at http://www.springerlink.com/content/j1850777115270ru/.
  • Lehtonen, Sanna 2011. Shifting back to and away from girlhood: magic changes in age in children's fantasy novels by Diana Wynne Jones. Papers: Explorations into Children's Literature, 21.1, 19–32. Available at: http://www.academia.edu/1557090/Shifting_back_to_and_away_from_girlhood_magic_changes_in_age_in_childrens_fantasy_novels_by_Diana_Wynne_Jones.
  • Lehtonen, Sanna 2010. Coal-tinged Realism Meets Female Gothic: Gender, class and desire in The Ghost Wife by Susan Price. The Journal of Children’s Literature Studies, 7.3, 1–18. Available at http://www.academia.edu/616634/Coal-tinged_Realism_Meets_Female_Gothic_Gender_class_and_desire_in_The_Ghost_Wife_by_Susan_Price.
  • Lehtonen, Sanna 2010. “If you thought this story sour, sweeten it with your own telling” – Cross-cultural intertextuality and a feminist poetics of rewriting in Susan Price’s Ghost Dance. Barnboken – Journal of Children’s Literature Research, 33.1, 5–16. Available at http://www.barnboken.net/index.php/clr/article/view/9.
  • Lehtonen, Sanna 2010. Näkymättömiä tyttöjä ja vanhoja nuoria naisia: fantastiset ruumiilliset muodonmuutokset ja sukupuoli lastenfantasiakirjoissa. [Invisible girls and old young women: fantastic bodily transformations and gender in children’s fantasy novels]. Lektio/essay. Naistutkimus 2/2010, 57–61.
  • Lehtonen, Sanna 2008. Invisible Girls – Discourses of Femininity and Power in Children’s Fantasy. International Research in Children’s Literature, 1.2, 213–226. Available at http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/90510.