115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Disney and Its Worlds I

Session Chair: 
Jeremiah Axelrod, Institute for the Study of Los Angeles, Occidental College
Session 9: Sunday 8:15 – 9:45 am
Wesselkamper 120


  1. Elizabeth Reimer, Thompson Rivers University
    Disney’s The Princess and the Frog and Beauty and the Beast explore contemporary interpretations of masculinity and food. Ostensibly enlightened and barbarous male appetites are depicted through contrasts drawn between rival male characters’ approaches to food and between male and female consumption. Hegemonic masculine appetites evoke horror and comedy and frame romance as a process of transformative domestication.
  2. Chelsea Strabala, Metropolitan State University of Denver
    This essay discusses gender roles in Disney’s Moana and explores how feminism guided the evolution of Disney princess films by comparing and contrasting Moana with previous Disney films. The bulk of the paper focuses on Moana’s ungendered role in society versus Maui’s toxic masculinity.
  3. Suzy Woltmann, University of California, San Diego
    I examine the cultural production of gender norms in Disney Princess films through the lens of drag. Drag, the most conspicuous form of gender transgression in these films, has traditionally been articulated through marginalized, foolish, or villainous characters; however, more recent additions to the canon have recreated acts of drag to be acceptable and even desirable.
Session Cancelled: