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Reading Fairy Tales Anew: A Tale of Two Teachers

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Collaboration and interdisciplinary research are not uncommon on college campuses these days. However, Christine Jones, associate professor of literature and languages at the University of Utah, and Jennifer Schacker, professor of English at the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada), have taken that notion to an unusual level.

Jennifer Schacker and Christine Jones collaborate across disciplines, and countries.

Jones and Schacker are collaborating in the genre of fairy tales–which is particularly timely because 2012 marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Grimm’s fairy tales.

They have co-edited a major new anthology of the genre, which will be published this fall. But they also teach a course at their respective institutions and students in the classes have opportunities for online discussions of the materials they both have read. In addition, Jones and Schacker have each visited the others’ classes, which broadens the students’ experience again, because Schacker’s course covers the history and influence of fairy tales on English literature, while Jones’ course focuses on French women who wrote fairy tales in the 1690s.

Read more about this unusual collaboration online at the University of Guelph website.