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Maria Lindgren Leavenworth

I am Associate Professor/Reader in English literature. From 2016 I am also Director of Studies at the PhD level.

Works at

Affiliation
Associate professor at Department of Language Studies Units: English Role: Director of studies
Location
A, Humanisthuset, korridor HE2 Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

Teaching and Supervision
I teach predominantly literature and cultural studies at all levels, from undergraduate to postgraduate. At present, I am the main supervisor for PhD candidates Eva Wijman and Nuno Marques, and co-supervisor for Spoke Wintersparv. Previous supervision: Tove Solander (PhD degree in March 2015), Julia Pennlert (Department of culture and media studies, PhD degree in February 2018) and Anette Svensson (co-supervision; PhD degree in March 20120).

Research
My research falls into four main strands: travel literature, fan studies, literature and cognition, and Arctic studies. These strands may seem disparate but they are joined in various ways in my work. Intertextuality unites my dissertation work with analyses of fan fiction, fan fiction constitutes the primary material in my examinations of cognitive processes, and speculative fiction returns in several strands, and is central in analyses of how images of the Arctic are relayed in both older texts and contemporary literature.

In my 2000 dissertation The Second Journey (revised 2010), I focused on contemporary trips in the footsteps of an earlier traveler. The original travelogue works as an explicit map guiding the second traveler not only to a geographical destination but to a perception of authenticity. The form of the second journey draws attention to imitation and repetition: aspects that are commonly played down in travel literature, but descriptions often work to transform places that are already mapped (figuratively and literally) into partly new landscapes.

Following my dissertation work I was a member of the research project Foreign North and contunied work on travel literature from the long nineteenth century (see publication list). In my ongoing research, I continue examinations of how outsiders’ representations of northern areas in fiction can be tied to and highlight cultural discourses. More specifically, I am interested in how the Arctic functions and changes in speculative fiction: texts that in various ways present events and circumstances that cannot be aligned with the reader's understanding of reality. I examine how specific speculative discourses emerge in relation to the Arctic, and how images of the Arctic change through speculative fiction. Both traditional representations of the Arctic as empty and unfamiliar and contemporary (and future) images of, among other things, climate change are part of the material analysed. My most important publications in this area are the anthology chapter "The Times of Men, Mysteries and Monsters: The Terror and Franklin's Last Expedition" (2010) and the article "Abnormal Fears: the Queer Arctic in Michelle Paver's Dark Matter" (2017).


I have for many years worked with fan fiction:online-published stories starting from already existing fictional worlds. The project FAN(G)S: The vampire in contemporary fan fiction was funded by the Swedish Research Council 2011-2014. Together with my project partner Malin Isaksson I analyzed fan engagement in three contemporary vampire worlds and examined how fanfic authors on the one hand retained strong intertextual links to the source texts on both character- and plot levels, on the other expressed different forms of resistance to it. The project resulted in a large number of articles and anthology chapters (see publication list) and monograph Fanged Fan Fiction was published in 2013. The work with fan fiction has sparked an interest in theoretical and methodological issues connected to paratexts as they appear in digital archives. Key publications here are "The Paratext of Fan Fiction" (2015) and "Paratextual Navigation as a Research Method" (2016).


Fan practices can also be approached from a cognitive perspective. I investigate how the human ability for immersion in stories and for filling in narrative gaps concerning characters' dreams, thoughts and goals can be traced in fan fiction. Among publications here, see "A Truth Universally Acknowledged? Pride and Prejudice and Mind-Reading Fans" (2015) and "Fragmented Fiction: Storyworld Construction and the Quest for Meaning in Justin Cronin's The Passage" (2017, co-authored with Van Leavenworth).

 

2019
Interférences Littéraires, Vol. 23 : 128-140
Lindgren Leavenworth, Maria
2019
The Routledge research companion to travel writing, Abingdon: Routledge 2019 : 86-98
Lindgren Leavenworth, Maria
2019
L1 Educational Studies in Language and Literature, Vol. 19
Wintersparv, Spoke; Sullivan, Kirk P. H.; Lindgren Leavenworth, Maria
2018
Tidskrift för litteraturvetenskap, Umeå universitet 2018, Vol. 3 : 39-49
Lindgren Leavenworth, Maria
2017
Journal of Gender Studies, Taylor & Francis 2017, Vol. 26, (4) : 462-472
Lindgren Leavenworth, Maria
2017
Fafnir: Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research, Oulu: The Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research 2017, Vol. 4, (2) : 22-33
Lindgren Leavenworth, Maria; Leavenworth, Van
2016
Research methods for reading digital data in the digital humanities, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press 2016 : 51-71
Lindgren Leavenworth, Maria
2015
Narrative (Columbus, Ohio), Vol. 23, (1) : 40-60
Lindgren Leavenworth, Maria
2015
Storyworlds: A Journal of Narrative Studies, University of Nebraska Press 2015, Vol. 7, (2) : 93-110
Lindgren Leavenworth, Maria
2015
Human IT, Borås: Högskolan i Borås 2015, Vol. 13, (1) : 100-127
Lindgren Leavenworth, Maria
2014
Journal of Fandom Studies, Intellect Ltd. 2014, Vol. 2, (2) : 127-145
Lindgren Leavenworth, Maria
2014
Storyworlds Across Media: Toward a Media-Conscious Narratology, Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press 2014 : 315-331
Lindgren Leavenworth, Maria
2013
Jefferson, North Carolina, USA: McFarland 2013
Lindgren Leavenworth, Maria; Isaksson, Malin
2012
Nordic Journal of English Studies, Vol. 11, (3) : 36-54
Lindgren Leavenworth, Maria
2012
Litteraturens nätverk: Berättande på internet, Lund: Studentlitteratur 2012 : 77-92
Lindgren Leavenworth, Maria; Isaksson, Malin
2011
Transformative Works and Cultures, Organization for Transformative Works 2011, (8)
Gregersdotter, Katarina; Isaksson, Malin; Lindgren Leavenworth, Maria; et al.
2011
Interdisciplinary approaches to Twilight: studies in fiction, media and a contemporary cultural experience, Lund: Nordic Academic Press 2011 : 127-142
Isaksson, Malin; Lindgren Leavenworth, Maria
2011
Bringing Light to Twilight: Perspectives on the Pop Culture Phenomenon, New York: Palgrave MacMillan 2011 : 69-81
Lindgren Leavenworth, Maria
2011
Transformative Works and Cultures, Organization for Transformative Works 2011, Vol. 8
Lindgren Leavenworth, Maria
2011
Fanpires: Audience Consumption of the Modern Vampire, Washington, DC: New Academia Publishing 2011 : 239-254
Lindgren Leavenworth, Maria; Isaksson, Malin
2010
Studier i språk och litteratur från Umeå universitet, 12
2010
Regionernas bilder: estetiska uttryck från och om periferin, Umeå: Print & Media 2010 : 7-14
Hansson, Heidi; Lindgren Leavenworth, Maria; Pettersson, Lennart
2010
Arctic Discourses, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars 2010 : 199-217
Lindgren Leavenworth, Maria
2010
Nordlit, Tromsö: Septentrip Academic Publishing 2010, Vol. 26 : 1-14
Lindgren Leavenworth, Maria
2010
Regionernas bilder: estetiska uttryck från och om periferin, Umeå: Print & Media 2010 : 65-73
Lindgren Leavenworth, Maria
2010
Studier i språk och litteratur från Umeå universitet, 9
Lindgren Leavenworth, Maria
2010
Journal of Popular Culture, Hoboken N. J.: Wiley Periodicals Inc. 2010, Vol. 43, (3) : 503-523
Lindgren Leavenworth, Maria
2009
Tidskrift för litteraturvetenskap, Lund: Föreningen för utgivandet av Tidskrift för litteraturvetenskap 2009, Vol. 39, (3-4) : 23-37
Isaksson, Malin; Lindgren Leavenworth, Maria
2009
Extrapolation, Brownsville: The University of Texas at Brownsville 2009, Vol. 50, (3) : 442-462
Lindgren Leavenworth, Maria
2009
Cold matters: cultural perceptions of snow, ice and cold, Umeå: 2009 : 141-155
Lindgren Leavenworth, Maria
2008
New Contexts: Re-Framing Nineteenth-Century Irish Women's Prose, Cork: Cork Univerity Press 2008 : 55-77
Lindgren Leavenworth, Maria
2008
Utsikter, insikter, avsikter: universitetspedagogisk konferens i Umeå 27 – 28 februari 2007, Umeå: Universitetspedagogiskt Centrum, Umeå universitet 2008 : 283-292
Lindgren Leavenworth, Maria; Örnberg Berglund, Therese
2000
Umeå: Umeå University 2000
Lindgren, Maria
1997
From Runes to Romance: A Festschrift for Gunnar Persson on his Sixtieth Birthday
Lindgren, Maria
1996
Villfarelsens blick: Essäer om resan som kultur
Lindgren, Maria

Research groups

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North View
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Research projects

30 June 2014 until 31 December 2014
3 May 2011 until 30 December 2011
7 April 2011 until 31 December 2013