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

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Elizabeth Bell, Lynda Haas, Laura Sells
Indiana University Press, Jan 1, 1995 - Performing Arts - 264 pages
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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.

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was only required to read a few chapters of this for a course, however could not seem to put this book down. well written, well planned, well executed and organized. Really liked it. Read full review

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I knew there was a reason the Disney princess movies bothered me... A really nice feminist reading of Disney films. You can never watch and of the princess movies again without asking yourself, "Isn't there more to life than marrying the handsome prince?" Read full review


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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.

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