Bonnie Shaker | Kent State University

Bonnie Shaker

Bonnie ShakerBonnie Shaker, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of English bshaker@kent.edu

Dr. Bonnie James Shaker is an Assistant Professor of English at Kent State University at Geauga, where she teaches first-year composition and the JMC course, Media, Power and Culture. Over the years, she has taught literature; advanced composition; technical writing; news, editorial, and feature writing; and American journalism history. Her teaching, scholarship, and professional background meet at the intersections of English and Media Studies. Dr. Shaker spent five years in television news before earning her Ph.D. in English from Case Western Reserve University, where she specialized in late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century Anglophone literature. Her book, Coloring Locals: Racial Formation in Kate Chopin’s Youth’s Companion Stories (2003), and articles combine her interests by focusing on the periodical fiction of nineteenth-century American author, Kate Chopin.

Dr. Shaker has conducted on-site archival research at the Boston Public Library, Houghton Library, and Missouri Historical Museum. Using digital archives, she and a co-researcher recovered Chopin’s lost short story, “Her First Party,” a recovery that inspired new interests in the Digital and Public Humanities, specifically in the areas of public writing, public rhetoric, and public academic engagement. She currently serves as advisor to the Geauga Student Media Club and Associate Editor of the Kate Chopin International Society Website.

Selected Publications:

With Angela Pettitt and Lae’l Hughes-Watkins, "Recovering Kate Chopin's 'Her First Party'​: Media, Mediation, Message," American Periodicals, vol. 27, no. 1, 2017.

With Angela Pettitt. "'Her First Party' as Her Last Story: Recovering Kate Chopin's Fiction," Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, vol. 30, no. 2, 2013.

“Kate Chopin’s Canonical and Market Place: Authorship, Authorization, and Authority,” reprinted in Women’s Writings in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: Short Stories, edited by Taisha Abraham, PHI Learning, 2013.

“Kate Chopin and the Birth of Young Adult Fiction,” Defining Print Culture for Youth: The Cultural Work of Children’s Literature, edited by Anne Lundin and Wayne A. Wiegand, Greenwood Press, 2003.

Coloring Locals: Racial Formation in Kate Chopin’s Youth’s Companion Stories, U Iowa P, 2003.

“Kate Chopin and the Periodical: Revisiting the Re-vision,” The Only Efficient Instrument: American Women Writers and the Periodical, edited by Aleta Feinsod Cane and Susan Alves, U Iowa P, 2001.

“’Lookin’ jis’ like white folks’: Coloring Locals in Kate Chopin’s ‘A Rude Awakening,’" Louisiana Literature, vol. 14, no. 2, 1997.