The Disney Fetish
John Libbey Publishing
Seán J. Harrington
Softcover | 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm | 244 pp
John Libbey Publishing | 2015 | 9780861967131
Long considered a figurehead of family values and wholesome adolescence, the Disney franchise has faced increasing criticism over its gendered representations of children in film, its stereotypical representations of race and non-white cultures, and its emphasis on the heterosexual couple.
Against a historical backdrop of studio history, audience reception, and the industrial-organisational apparatus of Disney media, Seán Harrington examines the Disney classics through a psychoanalytical framework to explore the spirit of devotion, fandom, and frenzy that is instilled in consumers of Disney products and that underlie the fantasy of the Magic Kingdom. This compelling study demystifies the unsettling cleanliness and pretensions to innocence that the Disney brand claims to hold.
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