Suheila Nazar requested information regarding the depiction of women in
Disney's animated films. A topic near and dear to my heart, considering I
wrote my masters thesis on a related topic. Suheila, I hope the following
information will be of use to you:
Bell, Elizabeth, Lynda Haas, and Laura Sells, eds. FROM MOUSE TO MERMAID: THE
POLITICS OF FILM, GENDER AND CULTURE. Bloomington: Indiana UP,
anthology devoted to Disney's animated features.
Corrigan, Don. "Aladdin--Like Much of U.S. Entertainment and Media--is
Flawed by Stereotypes."
ST. LOUIS JOURNALISM REVIEW (Feb 1993). 13-19.
Crafton, Donald. "The Last Night in the Nursery: Walt Disney's _Peter
Pan_." THE VELVET
LIGHT TRAP 24 (Fall 1989). 33-52.
Giroux, Henry. "Animating Youth: The Disneyfication of Children's
REVIEW (Summer 1995). 23-55.
Leadbeater, Bonnie J. and gloria Lodato Wilson. "Flipping Their Fins for a
Place to Stand: 19th-
and 20th-Century Mermaids." YOUTH & SOCIETY (Jun 1993). 466-486.
Thomas, Bob. DISNEY'S ART OF ANIMATION: FROM MICKEY MOUSE TO BEAUTY AND
THE BEAST. New York: Hyperion, 1992.
Trites, Roberta. "The Little Mermaid." JOURNAL OF POPULAR FILM &
TELEVISION (Sep 1990). 145-152.
Warner, Marina. "Beauty and the Beasts." SIGHT & SOUND (Oct 1992). 6-11.
WOMEN'S STUDIES IN COMMUNICATION. v19 n2 (Summer 1996). The entire issue is
devoted to analyses of Disney's animated features.
Although this is only a snippet of what is available, most of which is
taken from the bibliography of my master's thesis, these should at least
point you toward what you are looking for.
"Many author-mothers conclude that maternity has enabled them to reject
male standards of writing . . . [M]any female authors come to see their
creation in human reproductive terms, reclaiming for women a metaphor long
appropriated by men."
Lisa R. Barry
The Pennsylvania State University
234 Sparks Building
University Park, PA 16802
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