116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Disney and Its Worlds

Session Chair: 
Suzy Woltmann, University of California, San Diego
Session 3: Saturday 8:15 am – 9:45 am
Miller Hall 138


  1. Elizabeth Leung, The University of British Columbia
    Disney’s animated and live-action Beauty and the Beast are often criticized for their perpetuation of traditional gender roles; however, a close-reading of the choreography in the ballroom scenes illustrates an equal partnership which does not conform to these historic roles. In Bill Condon’s live-action remake, dance is used to further adapt both the original tales and Disney’s animated film, playing with constructs of gender regarding the lead and follow in partner dances.
  2. Amanda M Rutherford, Auckland University of Technology
    Disney film narratives have undergone fundamental changes from the magical and ‘happily ever after’ ending of fairy-tales which teaches morals and virtues to children, to encompass a more Gothic mode of film delivery, where urban social and cultural anxieties of despair and ‘otherness’ are underpinning the narratives seen in our contemporary ‘fairy tale’ film. 
  3. Kali Jo Wacker, University of Kansas
    By analyzing Disney movie introductions on a multimodal level (considering visuals, sounds, etc.), students can start to identify embedded ideologies within Disney productions, begin to see their potential social implications, situate them as rhetorical and agentive, and then use them as possible exemplars—mechanically not necessarily philosophically—to help guide their own writing practices. 
  4. Lisann Anders, University of Zurich
    Musical numbers in films are part of a fictional creation, an illusion on both the meta-level as well as on the level of the diegesis. They are performances that are real and unreal at the same time. In Disney movies, these musical numbers can be claimed to be heterotopic spaces that often long for utopias in the form of a happy ending.
Session Cancelled: