Jennifer Schacker, University of Guelph

Associate Professor Guelph, Ontario jschack@uoguelph.ca Office: (519) 824-4120 ext. 53261

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Professor Schacker's recent research and writing has been focused on French fairy tales in England as they were transformed into the bawdy, rowdy, slapstick art of the Christmas pantomime. This research was supported by a SSHRC general research grant (2003-2007), and has appeared in the Journal ...

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Bio/Research

Professor Schacker's recent research and writing has been focused on French fairy tales in England as they were transformed into the bawdy, rowdy, slapstick art of the Christmas pantomime. This research was supported by a SSHRC general research grant (2003-2007), and has appeared in the Journal of American Folklore, Marvels and Tales: Journl of Fairy-Tale Studies, and The Individual in Tradition (eds. Ray Cashman, Tom Mould, and Pravina Shukla, Indiana University Press, 2011). She is now completing a book-length study with the working title of Cross-Dressed Tales: Fairy Tales and the British Pantomime Tradition, examining the place of "panto" in a broader history of the fairy tale.

With longstanding interest in the histories of handknitting, spinning, and needlecraft, and drawing on her training in ethnographic methods and material culture theory, Schacker is also involved in a study of contemporary craft/DIY movements -- with a special emphasis on the role of digital technologies and social networking in modern quilting.

Schacker's work has drawn on her training as a folklorist and literary scholar, and engages with developments in several related but distinct disciplines: Folklore, anthropology, children's literature, and fairy-tale studies. She draws on this interdisciplinary field of reference in her teaching to introduce undergraduate and graduate students to a range of critical practices and research methods.


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