Vanessa Joosen

Vanessa Joosen

Foto: Vincent Jauniaux
Foto: Vincent Jauniaux

Vanessa Joosen is Associate Professor of English literature and children’s literature at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. She is the author of, among others, Critical and Creative Perspectives on Fairy Tales: An Intertextual Dialogue Between Fairy-tale Scholarship and Postmodern Retellings (2011), which won an ALA Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Publication, and co-editor of Grimm’s Tales Around the Globe: The Dynamics of Their International Reception (2014), for which she and Gillian Lathey received the ChLA Honour Award for Edited Book. Vanessa Joosen’s most recent research focuses on the intersections between age studies and children’s literature, which has resulted in the edited volume Connecting Childhood and Old Age in Popular Media (2018) and the monograph Adulthood in Children’s Literature (2018). In 2018, she was awarded an ERC Starting Grant for the project Constructing Age for Young Readers (CAFYR), where she and her research team will use methods from genetic criticism, digital humanities, and reader response theory to study age in children’s books.