Christine Case

Graduate Student

Christine Case arrived at Pitt in autumn 2018 to further pursue her interest in articulations of queer enchantment, queer temporality, and queer kinship in children’s literature, fairytale adaptation, and popular culture.  At Pitt, Christine is further affiliated with the Children’s Literature and Childhood Studies program and the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Department; her fundamentally interdisciplinary research also imbricates performance studies, critical race studies, media studies, cultural studies, and rhetoric.  

At Williams College (2015), Christine majored in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, as well as Spanish Language and Literature; her honor’s thesis explored the queer potential of 21st-century Disney fairytale retellings, namely 2014’s Maleficent.  During her year with the MA Program in the Humanities at the University of Chicago (2016-2017), she interrogated mechanisms of foreclosure and the resistant, liberative models of nostalgia of J.M. Barrie’s Peter and Wendy and A.A. Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner.  This led to a deep interest in extending Tolkien’s theorization of the realm of faerie to account for a simultaneously spatial and temporal site of queer resistance, applicable to current academic conversations regarding feminist new materialisms and critical fabulation.  Her recent work has explored the queer temporal, generic, and generational manipulations of the Mary Martin Peter Pan productions, as well as the relationships between Broadway aesthetics, the fairy story, and US identity-formations.