Beauty Ideals, Appearances, and Body Images in Disney’s Feature Films

ab 24,90 

Lisa Buchegger

ISBN 978-3-643-91239-8
Band-Nr. 42
Jahr 2023
Seiten 140
Bindung broschiert
Reihe Anglistik/ Amerikanistik

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Disney films reflect the current values and beliefs of society and have the power to influence their audiences in the perception of what is beautiful, and whether appearance does or does not matter. This book gives an overview of beauty ideals, body images, and appearances in Disney’s feature films. Seven main films are chosen for this analysis to allow for a comparison across time: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937), Cinderella (1950), The Little Mermaid (1989), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Aladdin (1992), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), and Frozen (2013). The survey determines to what extent Disney films make use of the beauty-goodness stereotype – the equation of appearance and personality. The characters are analyzed as to which bodily features they exhibit, and how these features are in tune with dominant beauty discourses during the times the films were made. Furthermore, the narratives are examined to find out how they topics ‘beauty’ and ‘appearance’ are rendered within them, demonstrating that earlier films frequently rely on traditional and stereotypical depictions and notions of beauty, whereas more recent productions represent more ambiguity and diversity.

Lisa Buchegger is a PhD student (English and American Studies) at the University of Graz. Her research focuses are (American) film studies, children’s entertainment (for example, animation, fairy tales), as well as gender and minority studies.