From Mouse to Mermaid

From Mouse to Mermaid

The Politics of Film, Gender, and Culture
Edited by Elizabeth Bell, Lynda Haas and Laura Sells
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 11/01/1995
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-20978-8
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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 Bio

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.


““. . . 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 World Ranging from Pinocchio to Pretty Woman, this volume addresses the Disney film legacy from feminist, marxist, poststructuralist, and cultural studies perspectives.”

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Walt’s in the Movies—Elizabeth Bell, Lynda Haas, and Laura Sells

Section 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
Pinocchio—Claudia Card
Disney Does Dutch: Billy Bathgate and the Disneyficationof the Gangster Genre—Robert Haas
The Movie You See, The Movie Don’t: How Disney Do’s That Old Time Derision—Susan Miller and Greg Rode

Section 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 Scribbed 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

Section 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 Fernancez