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Book Review: Good Girls & Wicked Witches: Women in Disney's Feature Animation

Book Review: Good Girls & Wicked Witches: Women in Disney's Feature Animation 95 book review good girls & wicked witches: women in Disney’s feature animation Amy M. Davis; John Libbey Publishing, Eastleigh, UK, 2007, 274 pp., ISBN: 978-0-8619-6673-8, d17.50 (pbk) In the sizable body of scholarship on Disney that exists across various disciplines, gender representation has been given noticeably short shrift by scholars. This is not to suggest that there are no scholarly precedents to Amy M. Davis’s Good Girls & Wicked Witches: Women in Disney’s Feature Animation. In fact, notwithstanding this current publication, From Mouse To Mermaid: The Politics of Film, Gender, and Culture (1995) by Elizabeth Bell, Lynda Haas and Laura Sells (editors) remains the topic’s key text. Davis’ book purports to conduct a study of female characters in the animated feature films produced by Disney from its inaugural offering, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937) through latter day examples Lilo and Stitch (2002) and Treasure Planet (2003), though she delimits the parameters of her case study selection to films with human female characters. Given the supposed emphasis of this book on gender, it contains unnecessarily lengthy opening chapters that provide biographical, historical and industrial contextual information about Disney, both the individual and the studio. This material does http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Feminist Review SAGE

Book Review: Good Girls & Wicked Witches: Women in Disney's Feature Animation

Feminist Review , Volume 95 (1): 3 – Jul 1, 2010

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© 2010 Feminist Review
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0141-7789
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1466-4380
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10.1057/fr.2010.6
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95 book review good girls & wicked witches: women in Disney’s feature animation Amy M. Davis; John Libbey Publishing, Eastleigh, UK, 2007, 274 pp., ISBN: 978-0-8619-6673-8, d17.50 (pbk) In the sizable body of scholarship on Disney that exists across various disciplines, gender representation has been given noticeably short shrift by scholars. This is not to suggest that there are no scholarly precedents to Amy M. Davis’s Good Girls & Wicked Witches: Women in Disney’s Feature Animation. In fact, notwithstanding this current publication, From Mouse To Mermaid: The Politics of Film, Gender, and Culture (1995) by Elizabeth Bell, Lynda Haas and Laura Sells (editors) remains the topic’s key text. Davis’ book purports to conduct a study of female characters in the animated feature films produced by Disney from its inaugural offering, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937) through latter day examples Lilo and Stitch (2002) and Treasure Planet (2003), though she delimits the parameters of her case study selection to films with human female characters. Given the supposed emphasis of this book on gender, it contains unnecessarily lengthy opening chapters that provide biographical, historical and industrial contextual information about Disney, both the individual and the studio. This material does

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