Rewriting the Canon: Norm- Critical Elements in Frozen, Maleficent and Into the Woods

Thomsen, T. B. (Foredragsholder)

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Mundtligt bidrag til seminaret "Disney & Hans Christian Andersen" afholdt 30/9 2016 på Brandts i anledning af udstillingen "Disney - the Art of Storytelling",

Abstract: Rewriting the Canon - Norm-Critical Elements in Frozen, Maleficent and Into the Woods Some of the latest movies from the Disney Studios show a thought-provoking interest in rewriting or re-telling iconic fairy tale material in new ways. This material originates from both fairytale (Frozen) and folk tale material (Into the Woods) and, curiously enough, also from Disney's own previous productions (Maleficent). Although this retelling of fairytale material is not in itself a new phenomenon but rather a specialty of Disney’s, there is something new going on in these three cases. The re-telling is done in a way so that the Euro-American way of telling stories is challenged – and so are Disney's own narrative forms from the studios’ first golden age in the 1950s and 60s. This practice of re-telling known material in a new way in order to produce new ways of looking at the world was also characteristic of Andersen's way of working. These similarities will be explored in the talk, which will focus on the norm-critical potential of this “rewriting of the canon”.
Periode30. sep. 2016
Sted for afholdelseUnknown external organisation, Ukendt


  • økokritik
  • økofeminisme
  • disney
  • H.C. Andersen