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Course Description

Basic Enrollment Requirements: None

Instructor Approval: Not Required.

Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply.

Refund Policy: Course Policy 1

*PLEASE NOTE: This section is NOT open to high school students.


From the traditional gender portrayals in the Grimms’ fairy tales to the class politics of P. L. Traver's Mary Poppins, critical readings of children’s books yield some surprising results. For better or worse, from Snow White to Pocahontas, Disney has placed an indelible stamp on our collective unconscious when it comes to many of the well-known texts that form the basis of classic children’s animated films. In this course we will trace how constructions of gender, race, economic status, and nationality have altered over time from the earlier representations of passive princesses, to Disney’s Renaissance films like The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, before ending with arguably more progressive offerings such as The Princess and the Frog, Moana, and of course, Frozen. This course fulfills the post-1860 requirement.

Affiliated With:

School of Arts & Sciences