Dr. Jenni Lehtinen is Assistant Professor of Languages, Linguistics, and Literatures in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Nazarbayev University.
Dr. Lehtinen obtained her doctorate in Latin American Literature from Wolfson College, University of Oxford in 2011. She also has a Master of Studies degree in European Literature from Wadham College, University of Oxford and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History from Queen Mary, University of London. Before joining NU she lectured at the University of Oxford and the University of Exeter.
Although born in Finland, Dr. Lehtinen has spent most of her life in Spain and the United Kingdom. She speaks English, Spanish, Swedish, and Finnish. Altogether, Dr. Lehtinen considers herself as a citizen of the world rather than as a representative of any specific country.
Dr. Lehtinen is passionate about all things Latin American and Caribbean and hopes to introduce her NU students to the fascinating and heterogeneous culture of that part of the world. Since joining NU, Dr. Lehtinen has completed a monograph which explores how Gallegos’s seminal novel Doña Bárbara (1929) lives on in the collective imagination of Latin Americans as a result of numerous film and telenovela adaptations. The project considers how the national concerns of early twentieth-century Venezuela speak to Latin American audiences generally, transcending time and place.
Dr. Lehtinen is particularly interested in the ‘after-life’ of canonical literary works in the era of visual cultures. Her research engages with theories of postcolonialism, nationhood, gender, and viewer response theory. She was awarded in 2017 a MA in Screen Studies by the Birmingham City University, and she has recently published on topics relating to fandom studies and Latino culture.
'Jane the Virgen or Virgin'? The Dis-United States of Latino Fandom
Lehtinen, J., 2018
Race in Fandom. 'True to the End'? Fan Responses to the Final Season and Series Finale of HBO's True Blood'
Lehtinen, J., 2017
In : Journal of Fandom Studies.From Page to Screen: Doña Bárbara in Latin American Popular Culture
Lehtinen, J., 2017
University of Wales Press, The Female Colossus in the New World. Innovations on a Classical Motif in Jose Marti's Modernismo
Lehtinen, J., 2016
Brill Companion to Classical Receptions. International Modernism and the Avant-Garde. Brill Academic Publishers, Narrative and National Allegory in Romulo Gallegos Venezuela
Lehtinen, J., 2013
Modern Humanities Research Association,