Academic journal article Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts

Maria Nikolajeva: An Introduction

Academic journal article Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts

Maria Nikolajeva: An Introduction

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Maria Nikolajeva was born in the soviet union and has an ma from Moscow Linguistic University. There she was trained in semiotics and was particularly influenced by the work of Mikhail Bakhtin. She received her PhD from Stockholm university in Comparative Literature in 1988.

Dr. Nikolajeva taught children's literature and critical theory at Stockholm university for 25 years before accepting a position on the Faculty of Education at Cambridge university in 2008. She's been a visiting professor at the university of Massachusetts (on a Fulbright, one of numerous international awards she's won); a research fellow at the International Youth Library in Munich; visiting chair at Abo Akademi University, Finland; a visiting professor at San Diego State university; and an honorary professor at the university of worcester in England. A former president of the International Society for Children's Literature and an active member of the Children's Literature Association, she was also a senior editor for the Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature. In 2005, she was the winner of the International Brothers Grimm Award for lifetime achievement in children's literature research.

Among Dr. Nikolajeva's recently published scholarly essays are "Harry Potter and the Secrets of Children's Literature" (2008), "Play and Playfulness in Postmodern Picturebooks" (2008), and "Voice, Gender and Alterity in George MacDonald's Fairy Tales" (2007). She is also the author, co-author, or editor of 15 books, including Power, Voice and Subjectivity in Literature for Young Readers (2009) and From Mythic to Linear: Time in Children's Literature (2000). …

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