The representation of women over a period of time in Disney princess films.

Mullin, Megan (2013) The representation of women over a period of time in Disney princess films. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Over a period of time, Disney princess films have depicted their female characters in problematic ways. This dissertation is an in depth study into how Disney has represented women on the screen to the audience, particularly to young children. The princesses who have frequently been depicted as young, beautiful and submissive to males within the narratives in Disney will be analysed. It would appear that Disney princess films perpetuate the message that beauty is the most important factor, suggesting to young children, particularly young girls, that to be successful in life beauty is key. Furthermore, on the contrary, the older women in Disney princess films will be studied to show how they too further reveal Disney portraying women in questionable ways. The role which has been given to the older woman consistently throughout the princess tales is of an evil, jealous and self-obsessed ageing character. Other illustrations of the older woman include: a character which is not wholly human, someone that lacks authority or a female who is absent from the narrative altogether. However, more recently, Disney films have slightly changed, with the most recent film 'Brave' (Andrews, 2012) showing the Disney team showing women in a different way. However, other than 'Brave' no further dramatic change has been made in comparison to DreamWorks’s striking transformation of the typical princess fairy-tale with their film 'Shrek' (Adamson, 2001).

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jenni King
    Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2014 09:46
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:32

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