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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 Zipes.

Author Biography

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 ofSouth Florida.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction Walt's in the Movies 1(20)
Elizabeth Bell
Lynda Haas
Laura Sells
I. Sanitizations/Disney Film as Cultural Pedagogy
Breaking the Disney Spell
Jack Zipes
Memory and Pedagogy in the ``Wonderful World of Disney'' Beyond the Politics of Innocence
Henry A. Giroux
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
Greg Rode
II. Contestations/Disney Film as Gender Construction
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
David Payne
Beyond Captain Nemo Disney's Science Fiction
Brian Attebery
The Curse of Masculinity Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Susan Jeffords
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 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
Contributors 255(4)
Index 259

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