From Mouse to Mermaid

From Mouse to Mermaid : The Politics of Film, Gender, and Culture

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From Mouse to Mermaid, an interdisciplinary collection of original essays, is the first comprehensive, critical treatment of Disney cinema. Addressing children's classics as well as the Disney affiliates' more recent attempts to capture adult audiences, the contributors respond to the Disney film legacy from feminist, marxist, poststructuralist, and cultural studies perspectives. The volume contemplates Disney's duality as an American icon and as an industry of cultural production, created in and through fifty years of filmmaking. The contributors treat a range of topics at issue in contemporary cultural studies: the performance of gender, race, and class; the engendered images of science, nature, technology, family, and business. The compilation of voices in From Mouse to Mermaid creates a persuasive cultural critique of Disney's ideology.The contributors are Bryan Attebery, Elizabeth Bell, Claudia Card, Chris Cuomo, Ramona Fernandez, Henry A. Giroux, Robert Haas, Lynda Haas, Susan Jeffords, N. Soyini Madison, Susan Miller, Patrick Murphy, David Payne, Greg Rode, Laura Sells, and Jack more

Product details

  • Book | 280 pages
  • 152 x 234 x 14mm | 381.02g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0253209781
  • 9780253209788
  • 292,303

About Elizabeth Bell

ELIZABETH BELL is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the Unviersity of South Florida.LYNDA HAAS is Assistant Professor in the Writing Program at Ithaca College.LAURA SELLS is a doctoral student in the Department of Communication at the University of South more

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"... a wealth of local insights into many specific Disney projects, from their animated classics up to and including their work produced and distributed under their various other corporate names ..." - American Quarterly "The Disney book with a difference! ...These tightly structured and passionately but thoughtfully argued points should provoke lively debate..." - Brave New Worldshow more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Walt's in the Movies-Elizabeth Bell, Lynda Haas, and Laura SellsSection I: Sanitizations/Disney Film as Cultural PedagogyBreaking the Disney Spell-Jack ZipesMemory and Pedagogy in the "Wonderful World of Disney": Beyond the Politics of Innocence-Henry A. GirouxPinocchio-Claudia CardDisney Does Dutch: Billy Bathgate and the Disneyficationof the Gangster Genre-Robert HaasThe Movie You See, The Movie Don't: How Disney Do's That Old Time Derision-Susan Miller and Greg RodeSection II: Contestations/Disney Film as Gender ConstructionSomatexts at the Disney Shop: Constructing the Pentimentos of Women's Animated Bodies-Elizabeth Bell"The Whole Wide World was Scribbed Clean": The Androcentric Animation of Denatured Disney-Patrick D. MurphyBambi-David PayneBeyond Captain Nemo: Disney's Science Fiction-Brian AtteberyThe Curse of Masculinity: Disney's Beauty and the Beast-Susan JeffordsSection III: Erasures/Disney Film as Identity Politics"Where Do The Mermaids Stand?"Voice and Body in The Little Mermaid-Laura Sells"Eighty-Six the Mother": Murder, Matricide, and Good Mothers-Lynda HaasSpinsters in Sensible Shoes: Mary Poppins and Bedknobs and Broomsticks-Chris CuomoPretty Woman Through the Triple Lens of Black Feminist Spectatorship-D.Soyini MadisonPachuco Mickey-Ramona FernancezContributorsIndexshow more

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