“You don’t Learn It Deliberately, But You Just Know It from What You’ve Seen”: British Understandings of the Medieval Past Gleaned from Disney’s Fairy Tales
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Scholars in this volume and elsewhere have argued that the films of Walt Disney present a unique vision of the Middle Ages,l and that, as a result, the Disney brand of medievalism influences legions of children introduced to Disney’s animated films, theme parks, and merchandise each year. However, a question remains: to what degree is this true? It is well enough to state, based on theory, anecdote, or conjecture, that Disney films influence our cultural understandings of the Middle Ages. But without evidence confirming this influence and exploring its nuances, assertions about the effects of Disney’s medievalisms are provisional at best.
KeywordsPopular Culture Fairy Tale Theme Park Female Protagonist Male Protagonist
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