Investigating Shrek

Power, Identity, and Ideology

  • Aurélie Lacassagne
  • Tim Nieguth
  • François Dépelteau

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Through the Looking Glass: Shrek in Perspective

    1. Aurélie Lacassagne, Tim Nieguth, François Dépelteau
      Pages 1-12
  3. Shrek in the Classroom

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Aurélie Lacassagne
      Pages 15-25
    3. Alexander Spencer, Judith Renner, Andreas Kruck
      Pages 59-72
  4. Shrek in Context

  5. Instead of a Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 163-190

About this book


An exploration of the social significance of Shrek from a variety of theoretical perspectives, this book pursues two different, yet intertwined objectives. The first is to present Shrek as pedagogical tool that could be usefully employed in a number of different disciplines. Shrek is approached from a political science angle, a sociological perspective, and applied to the tenets of evolutionary psychology. The second objective is concerned with outlining some of the ways in which Shrek is actively bound up with various aspects of social reality - such as capitalism, power relations, inequality, rule and resistance. This book analyzes the green ogre and his companions in a way that is entertaining as well as informative.


body consciousness corpus glass identity ideology Immanuel Kant interpret knowledge Marx myth politics

Editors and affiliations

  • Aurélie Lacassagne
    • 1
  • Tim Nieguth
    • 1
  • François Dépelteau
    • 1
  1. 1.Laurentian UniversityCanada

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