The Disney Middle Ages: A Fairy-Tale and Fantasy Past

The Disney Middle Ages: A Fairy-Tale and Fantasy Past

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For many, the middle ages depicted in Walt Disney movies have come to figure as the middle ages, forming the earliest visions of the medieval past for much of the contemporary Western (and increasingly Eastern) imagination. The essayists of The Disney Middle Ages explore Disney's mediation and re-creation of a fairy-tale and fantasy past, not to lament its exploitation of the middle ages for corporate ends, but to examine how and why these medieval visions prove so readily adaptable to themed entertainments many centuries after their creation. What results is a scrupulous and comprehensive examination of the intersection between the products of the Disney Corporation and popular culture's fascination with the middle ages.

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ISBN-13: 9781137550880
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 10/12/2015
Series: The New Middle Ages
Edition description: 1st ed. 2012
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Susan Aronstein, University of Wyoming, USA Martha Bayless, University of Oregon, USA Clare Bradford, Deakin University, USA Maria Sachiko Cecire, Bard College, USA Allison Craven, James Cook University of North Queensland, Australia Amy Foster, University of Central Florida, USA Robert Gossedge, Cardiff University, UK Kevin J. Harty, La Salle University, USA Kathleen Coyne Kelly, Northeastern University, USA Erin Felicia Labbie, Bowling Green State University, USA Ilan Mitchell-Smith, California State University at Long Beach, USA Tison Pugh, University of Central Florida, USA Paul Sturtevant, University of Leeds, UK Stephen Yandell, Xavier University ,UK.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Disney's Retroprogressive Medievalisms: Where Yesterday Is Tomorrow Today; T.Pugh PART I: BUILDING A BETTER MIDDLE AGES: MEDIEVALISM IN THE PARKS Mapping the Happiest Place on Earth: Disney's Medieval Cartography; S.Yandell Disney's Castles and the Work of the Medieval in the Magic Kingdom; M.Bayless Pilgrimage and Medieval Narrative Structures in Disney's Parks; S.Aronstein PART II: THE DISTORICAL MIDDLE AGES 'You don't learn it deliberately, but you just know it from what you've seen': British Understandings of the Medieval Past Gleaned from Disney's Fairy Tales; P.Sturtevant The Sorcerer's Apprentice: Animation and Alchemy in Disney's Medievalism; E.F.Labbie The Sword in the Stone: American Translation and Disney's Anti-medievalisms; R.Gossedge Walt in Sherwood, or the Sheriff of Disneyland: Disney and the Film Legend of Robin Hood; K.J.Harty Futuristic Medievalisms and the U.S. Space Program in Disney's Man in Space Trilogy and Unidentified Flying Oddball; A.Foster PART III: DISNEY PRINCESS FANTASY FAIRE 'Where happily ever after happens every day': The Medievalisms of Disney's Princesses; C.Bradford Disney's Medievalized Ecologies in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Sleeping Beauty; K.C.Kelly The United Princesses of America: Ethnic Diversity and Cultural Purity in Disney's Medieval Past; I.Mitchell-Smith Esmerelda of Notre Dame: The Gypsy Girl in Medieval View from Hugo to Disney; A.Craven Reality Remixed: Neomedieval Princess Culture in Disney's Enchanted; M.S.Cecire

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