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From Mouse to Mermaid: The Politics of Film, Gender, and Cultureby Elizabeth Bell
Synopses & Reviews
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 Zipes.
About the Author
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 Florida.
Table of Contents
Introduction : Walt's in the movies / Elizabeth Bell, Lynda Haas, and Laura Sells — Breaking the Disney spell / Jack Zipes — Memory and pedagogy in the "Wonderful world of Disney" : beyond the politics of innocence / Henry A. Giroux — Pinocchio / Claudia Card — Disney does dutch : Billy Bathgate and the Disneyfication of the gangster genre / Robert Haas — The movie you see, the movie you don't : how Disney do's that old time derision / Susan Miller and Greg Rode — Somatexts at the Disney Shop : constructing the pentimentos of women's animated bodies / Elizabeth Bell — "The whole wide world was scrubbed clean" : the androcentric animation of denatured Disney / Patrick D. Murphy — Bambi / David Payne — Beyond Captain Nemo : Disney's science fiction / Brian Attebery — The curse of masculinity : Disney's Beauty and the beast / Susan Jeffords — "Where do the mermaids stand?" : voice and body in The little mermaid / Laura Sells — "Eighty-six the mother" : murder, matricide, and good mothers / Lynda Haas — Spinsters in sensible shoes : Mary Poppins and Bedknobs and broomsticks / Chris Cuomo — Pretty woman through the triple lens of Black feminist spectatorship / D. Soyini Madison — Pachuco Mickey / Ramona Fernandez.
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