A Group Interview about Publishing with Professor Jack Zipes


  • Emma Louise Parfitt Sociology Department, Warwick University
  • Emine Erdoğan
  • Heidi Fritz
  • Peter M. Ward
  • Emma Parfitt Department of Sociology, University of Warwick
  • Emine Erdogan Department of Sociology, University of Warwick
  • Heidi Fritz Department of Sociology, University of Warwick
  • Peter M. Ward Department of Sociology, University of Warwick




Publishing, monograph, Zipes, thesis, writing, translation


The conversation piece is the product of a group interview with Professor Jack Zipes and provides useful insights about publishing for early career researchers across disciplines. Based on his wider experiences as academic and writer, Professor Zipes answered questions from PhD researchers about: writing books, monographs and edited collections; turning a PhD thesis into a monograph; choosing and approaching publishers; and the advantages of editing books and translations. It presents some general advice for writing and publishing aimed at postgraduate students. Professor Zipes is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, United States, a world expert on fairy tales and storytelling highlighting the social and historical dimensions of them. Zipes has forty years of experience publishing academic and mass-market books, editing anthologies, and translating work from French, German and Italian. His best known books are Breaking the Magic Spell (1979), Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion (1983), The Irresistible Fairy Tale: The Cultural and Social History of a Genre (2012), and The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (2014).


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Author Biography

Emma Louise Parfitt, Sociology Department, Warwick University

PhD researcher in storytelling and adolescent emotional health with a specialisation in creative writing and folklore, and interests in widening participation and social policy. I am highly experienced in administration with practical experience in fiction and non-fiction writing workshops.


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