Olivia Harwood /Media Panel

Through the Looking Glass

This research project investigates how the iconic Disney Princess has developed from 1937 to 2013, with changes in society. The first chapter of the project is the literature review. This review analyses a range of scholarly works surrounding Disney, and highlights three leading themes. These themes are Narrative, Gender and Race and Ethnicity. The body of work critically analyses these themes in relation to three Disney animation films. The three films are Snow White, (1937), Mulan, (1998) and Frozen, (2013). The investigation highlights the way that Disney portrays the Disney Princess in a variety of ways in order to present a range of subliminal messages and values of life to audiences.  My aim throughout the research project was to focus on the way the iconic Disney princess has been portrayed from the very first appearance in Snow White as I feel with changes in social cultures comes changes in the role of the princess and this research highlights the way in which this is done through the leading themes which aid in the development of this character. This presentation will give a step-by-step guide through some of the readings I have discovered in order to form my analysis and show the way in which my project developed from a basic idea to the structure of my dissertation.