Aino Isojärvi

University Teacher
Film Studies

Languages and Literature
Faculty of Humanities

I am a doctoral researcher and a teacher of Film Studies, and an alumna of University of Kent, UK. I have specialized in the intersections of children's fiction, popular culture and gender research, and my most important research interests include animation and adaptation.

In my thesis I examine Walt Disney animated feature films and their representations of family structures and ideologies, concentrating on the contemporary and historicized portrayals of parenthood, paternity, gender and masculinities. Because of the company's pioneer position and influential connections to the Hollywood film industry, a comprehensive narrative and aesthetic, contextualized analysis of 'Disney paternity' concentrating on illustrations of motion, space, and characterization simultaneously reveals various issues concerning the narrative role of fatherhood in the history of Western cinema.

I am fascinated by film history and films as historical artefacts; both as discourses of power and as sociocultural reflections, especially from the intersectional perspective. I have also explored the global commercial context of blockbuster film, the concept of (target) audience, medium specificity, streaming services, merchandising, remakes and fan culture.

Research interests

  • Animation
  • Adaptation
  • Walt Disney
  • Children's Fiction
  • Children's and YA Literature
  • Children's and YA Film
  • Fairy-tales, Fairy-tale Films
  • Anthropomorphism, Animality
  • Film History
  • Popular Culture
  • Blockbuster Film
  • Gender Research
  • Feminist Film Criticism
  • Feminist Literary Criticism
  • Intersectionality
  • Masculinity
  • Paternity

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Visiting address

Room GF317 (by appointment).

Postal address

Film Studies
Faculty of Humanities
PL 8000
90014 Oulun yliopisto