Jennifer Taylor

Phd Student

Thesis Title

Emblematics of the Heroine in Charles Perrault’s Contes des Fees

First Supervisor - Raphaële Mouren 

Second Supervisor - Paul Taylor

Research interests

Emblematics| Emblematics in Children’s Literature| Early Modern painting| Decorative Arts| Material Cultur| Gender Studies



Jennifer Taylor is a historian and fine artist with interests in Early Modern Visual Culture and Children’s Literature. She recently completed an MFA in Fine Art at Tufts University where she researched symbols and allegories in Early Modern painting. Her graduate show expressed her findings through video performance, fiber art, and large-scale installation. Her PhD thesis at the Warburg Institute investigates how the highly emblematic visual culture of Versailles as shaped by Charles Perrault is reflected in Perrault’s literary fairy tales. Of particular interest is how emblematic imagery in the texts comments upon the heroines’ gender performance.Teaching


“Beautiful Barbarians: Anti-racism in The Horse and His Boy and Other Chronicles of Narnia.” C.S. Lewis (New Casebooks): The Chronicles of Narnia. Ed. Michelle Abate and Lance Weldy. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. 161-185.


2016 (Spring) Teaching Assistant, Animation Integration, SMFA at Tufts University, Boston, MA

2012 (Fall) Adjunct Instructor of Record, Composition and Rhetoric, University of Louisiana at Lafayette


Fritz Saxl Doctoral Studentship (Warburg Institute)