Christine Case

Graduate Student

Christine (she/her) has followed a fascination with enchantment and queer temporalities and socialites to arrive at a dissertation that tracks various examples of fairy tale performance in contemporary U.S. culture.  These performances shed light on the composite bodies which make up fairy tale works, and which allow us to explore investments in whiteness, ability, and youth.  One research question she asks is: What can the affordances of live performance, such as the subbing in of a Broadway stand-by, provoke in audiences and teach us about alternate forms of being, witnessing, and archiving?  From performance studies to Disney studies, critical race studies to gender/sexuality/women’s studies, from childhood studies to disability studies, Christine’s current research employs mixed-methods qualitative analysis, which includes critical auto-ethnography, to build an archive of performance events and cultural sites and objects which speak to how the peritexts and intertextuality of fairy tale narratives explode the possibilities of the story and “spin out” into material and digital after-lives.   

Christine belongs to the Children’s Literature Association, the American Society for Theatre Research, and DisNet.  She has served as a Research Assistant for Newcastle University to help launch their Global Speaker Series for scholars invested in the intersection of children’s literature and social justice.  She supports Faculty and Grad Student Unionization Efforts.