Katja Kontturi. Image: Essi Varis

Katja Kontturi

comics, fantasy, Disney, postmodernism, therapeutical possibilities of comics, comic blogs

Katja Kontturi, PhD, defended her doctoral dissertation in the University of Jyväskylä in December 2014. Her thesis of contemporary culture studies, Duckburg - the Gate between Two Worlds: Don Rosa's Disney Comics as Postmodern Fantasy received vast publicity in media. Kontturi analyzed how comics depict fantasy with both text and image. In addition, she studied various postmodern narrative means such as intertextuality and metalepsis. In her dissertation, Kontturi developed an analysis model for comics which is compatible for teaching comic narration and comic reading skills in primary schools.

Kontturi has published several articles and taught a course of comics history, theory, analysis and interpretation in literary studies between 2013-2015. She is a member of NNCORE, FINFAR and Finnish Comics Society. She's also one of the editors of the peer reviewed Scandinavian Journal of Comic Art.

Degrees: PhD 2014 (contemporary culture studies), MA 2009 (general literature), BA 2008 (general literature). All degrees received in the University of Jyväskylä.

Current affiliation: University of Jyväskylä, postdoctoral researcher in a project "Digital Stories of the Invisible Youth".

Selected publications

“Not Brains, Just Voodoo: A Zombie in Disney’s Donald Duck Comics”. (Re)Presenting Magic, (Un)Doing Evil, 2012. Edited by Alexandra Cheira. Inter-disciplinary Press, Oxford, United Kingdom, pp. 31–38. E-book.

Ankkalinna - portti kahden maailman välillä. Don Rosan Disney-sarjakuvat postmodernina fantasiana. PhD Thesis, University of Jyväskylä. Jyväskylä studies in humanities, nro 239. https://jyx.jyu.fi/dspace/handle/123456789/44805

“Shades of Conan Doyle! A lost world!” Fantasy and Intertextuality in Don Rosa’s “Escape from Forbidden Valley”. Comics and Power. Representing and Questioning Culture, Subjects and Communities, 2015. Edited by Rikke Platz Cortsen, Erin La Cour ja Anne Magnussen. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, pp. 89-109.


email: katja.j.kontturi@jyu.fi
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