Lydia Kokkola

PhD

Dr.
Language learning & teaching; Children's Literature

Biography

Lydia Kokkola is a lecturer in English Philology whose main area of responsibility is second language learning and teahcing. Her main research interests are Reading in English as a Foreign Language, Children’s Literature, Adolescence, Trauma Studies and Cognitive Literary Theory. She has been the PI for four major research projects and has served the academic community as Reviews Editor for the International Research Society of Children’s Literature, and as editor of the International Board for Books for Youth’s journal Bookbird.

Research interests

  • Language Learning and Teaching
  • Children's Literature
  • Cognitive criticism
  • Trauma studies

Selected Bio Facts

 

2019 University Lecturer in English, Oulu University

2018-9 Professor of English and Education Luleå University of Technology

2012-8 Chair Professor of English and Education. Luleå University of Technology, Sweden.

2010 Adjunct Professor (Docent) in Literatures in English. The English Department, The University of Turku, Finland.

2008 – 2011 Project Leader. Academy of Finland.

2005 Adjunct Professor (Docent) in Children’s Literature in English. The English Department, Åbo Akademi University, Finland.

1999 Ph.D. Åbo Akademi University, Finlan

Significant publications

Monographs

Kokkola, Lydia. 2013. Fictions of Adolescent Carnality: Sexy Sinners and Delinquent Deviants.Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company. 

Kokkola, Lydia. 2003. Representations of the Holocaust in Children's Literature. New York: Routledge

Edited Volumes and Journal Issues

Kokkola, Lydia and Sara Van den Bossche (eds.). 2019. Cognitive Approaches to Children’s Literature. Children’s Literature Association Quarterly. Vol. 44 Issue 4.

Harde, Roxanne and Lydia Kokkola (eds.). 2018. The Embodied Child: Readings in Children’s Literature and Culture (Children’s Literature & Culture Series). London and New York: Routledge. 

Harde, Roxanne and Lydia Kokkola (eds.) 2014. Eleanor H. Porter’s Pollyanna:A Children’s Classic at 100. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press.  

Kokkola, Lydia and Alice Curry (eds.). 2013. Children’s Literature from the Commonwealth of Nations. Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature51(1).

Kokkola, Lydia and Roxanne Harde (eds.). 2012. Trauma in Children’s Literature. Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature50(1).

Kokkola, Lydia and Roxanne Harde (eds.). 2012. The Hans Christian Andersen Awards. Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature50(2).

Kokkola, Lydia and Roxanne Harde (eds.). 2012. Children’s Literature from the United Kingdom. Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature50(3).

Reviewed Articles in the last 10 years

Kokkola, Lydia and Sara Van den Bossche (eds.). 2019. Cognitive Approaches to Children’s Literature: A Roadmap to Possible and Answerable Questions.Children’s Literature Association Quarterly. Vol. 44 Issue 4.

Kokkola, Lydia, Annbritt Palo & Lena Manderstedt. 2019. Protest & Apology in the Arctic: Enacting Citizenship in Two Recent Swedish Films. Humanities. 8(1)49. https://doi.org/10.3390/h8010049

Kokkola, Lydia. 2019. Trauma in Children’s Literature. In Phil Nel, Lissa Paul and Nina Christensen (Eds.). Keywords in Children’s Literature. (Second edition). New York: New York University Press. 

Kokkola, Lydia. 2018. The Embodied Child: An Introduction. Harde, Roxanne and Lydia Kokkola (Eds.). The Embodied Child: Readings in Children’s Literature and Culture (Children’s Literature & Culture Series). London and New York: Routledge. pp. 1-20. 

Kokkola, Lydia. 2018. Hands on Reading: The Body, the Brain and the Book. In Harde, Roxanne and Lydia Kokkola (eds.). The Embodied Child: Readings in Children’s Literature and Culture. London and New York: Routledge. pp. 191-206.

Kokkola, Lydia. 2018. Children’s Literature in ‘Our Language’. Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature55: 56-60.

Kokkola, Lydia and Anna Öqvist. 2018. Improving Learning Outcomes. In Johan Frishammar and Åsa Ericson (Eds.). Addressing Societal Challenges. Luleå: LTU Press.

Kokkola, Lydia. 2017. Simplified Minds: Empathy and Mind-Reading in Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle. In Elizabeth Bullen, Kristine Moruzi and Michelle Smith (Eds.). Affect, Emotion, and Children’s Literature: Representation and Socialization in Texts for Children and Young Adults.(Children’s Literature & Culture Series) London and New York: Routledge. pp. 96-112.

Kokkola, Lydia. 2017. Envisaging ‘Our’ Nation: Politicized Affects in Minority Language Literature. Children’s Literature in Education 47:1-18. DOI 10.1007/s10583-017-9340-8

Kokkola, Lydia and Elina Valovirta. 2017. The Disgust that Fascinates: Sibling Incest as a Bad Romance. Sexuality and Culture.  21(1), 121-141 Open Access.

Kokkola, Lydia. 2017. Critical Plant Studies and Children’s Literature. In Clémentine Beauvais and Maria Nikolajeva (Eds.). Edinburgh Companion to Children’s Literature. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. pp. 274-280.

Kokkola, Lydia. 2017. Carnality in Adolescent Literature. In Clémentine Beauvais and Maria Nikolajeva (Eds.). Edinburgh Companion to Children’s Literature. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. pp. 90-101.

Kokkola, Lydia. 2016. Becoming Native? The Wisdom of Plants in Margaret Engle’s The Surrender Tree.  International Research in Children’s Literature 9(1): 35-49.

Kokkola, Lydia. 2016. “Only Connect!”: Creating Connections when reading Fiction and Digital Texts. Encuentro 24:59-72 Open access: http://www.encuentrojournal.org/

Kokkola, Lydia. 2016. An ‘Invisibling’ view of a Northern Landscape: Inga Borg’s Plupp Series. Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature54(1):42-7.

Korkka, Janne, Lydia Kokkola and Elina Valovirta. 2016. “An autobiography in which I do not appear”: The seductive self in the poetry of Robert Kroetsch. English Studies. 97(5): 510-527.

Fjällström, Eva and Lydia Kokkola. 2015. Resisting focalisation, gaining empathy: Swedish Teenagers Read Irish Fiction.Children’s Literature in Education. 2015(46):394-409.

Yarova, Olena Aliona and Lydia Kokkola. 2015. Beyond Human: Escaping the Maze of Anthropocentrism in Peter Dickinson’s EvaBookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature53(1):39-52

Harde, Roxanne and Lydia Kokkola. 2014. Glad to be 100: The Making of a Children’s Classic. In Harde, Roxanne and Lydia Kokkola (eds.). Eleanor H. Porter’s Pollyanna:A Children’s Classic at 100. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press. pp. 3-26.

Kokkola, Lydia. 2014. Finnish Child Language and culture in Sweden: An Original Luleå Story. Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature52(4):147-155.

Kokkola, Lydia. 2014. Make Yourself At Home! Adolescents in Search of the Queer Spaces of Home. Barnboken: Journal of Children’s Literature Research. 37:1-18.

Valovirta, Elina, Lydia Kokkola, and Janne Korkka. 2014. "The smell of an impossible dream: Dallas, migration, and creative failure in Angie Cruz’s Let It Rain Coffee." The Journal of Commonwealth Literature49(2): 229-242.

Kokkola, Lydia and Maria Österlund. 2014. Celebrating the Margins: Families and Gender in the Work of the Swedish Picturebook Artist Pija Lindenbaum.Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature53(1): 77-82.

Kokkola, Lydia. 2013. Reading Multilingual Literature: The Bilingual Brain and Literacy Education. Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature51(3):22-35.

Kokkola, Lydia. 2013. Sapphire’s Learning to Read Politically: Narratives of Hope and Narratives of Despair in Push by Sapphire. Cambridge Journal of Education. 43(3):391-405.

Kokkola, Lydia, Elina Valovirta and Janne Korkka 2013. “Who does what to whom and how”: ‘Knowing children’ and depictions of prostitution in Anglophone YA literature. Children’s Literature Association Quarterly38(1):66-83.

Aerila, Juli-Anna and Lydia Kokkola. 2013. Multicultural literature and the use of literature in multicultural education in Finland. Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature51(2): 39-50.

Kokkola, Lydia 2012. Monstrous Bodies: Sapphire’s writing of the adolescent body. In Hinton, Mary and Maria Nikolajeva (eds.) The Emergent Adult: Adolescent Literature and Culture. London: Ashgate. pp. 93-110

Kokkola, Lydia. 2011. Self-harming and Submission in Stephenie Meyer's ‘Twilight’ Series. Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature 49(3):33-46.

Kokkola, Lydia. 2011. Virtuous Vampires and Voluptuous Vamps: Romance conventions reconsidered in Stephenie Meyer's ‘Twilight’ Series. Children's Literature in Education. 42 (1):165–179.

Kokkola, Lydia. 2011. Interpictorial Allusion and the Politics of ‘Looking Like’ in Allison and Emma’s Rugby Allen Say. Children’s LiteratureAssociation Quarterly. 35(4): 47-63.

Kokkola, Lydia. 2011. Metamorphosis in two novels by Melvin Burgess: Denying and Disguising ‘Deviant’ Desire. Children's Literature in Education. 41(1): 56-69.

Kokkola, Lydia. 2009. Truthful (hi)stories in Michael Ondaatje’s Anil’s Ghost.In Finch Jason, Martin Gill,Anthony Johnson,Iris Lindahl-Raittila, Inna Lindgren,Tuija Virtanenand Brita Wårvik(eds.). Humane Readings: Essays on literary mediation and communication in honour of Roger D. Sell.Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins pp. 119–133.

Kokkola, Lydia 2009. “Instruction with Delight”: The narrator’s voice in John Newbery’s early English children’s books. In Peikola Matti, Janne Skaffari and Sanna-Kaisa Tanskanen (eds.) Instructional Writing in English.Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins pp. 161-186.

External Research Funding Granted

Aug 2019 – July 2022 C21st Literacies for C21st Sweden. SkolForsknings Institutet 

Jan 2015 – May 2019 Matching Reading Strategies with Purposes and Text Types. Marcus and Amalia Wallenbergs Minnesfond. 

Jan 2008 - Dec ´11 Silence as Voice: Reempowering the disempowered in contemporary English literatures. Academy of Finland.

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