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Language and Gender in Children's Animated Films

Language and Gender in Children's Animated Films
Exploring Disney and Pixar

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  • Publication planned for: September 2022
  • availability: Not yet published - available from September 2022
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108795036

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  • Disney and Pixar films are beloved by children and adults alike. However, what linguistic messages, both positive and negative, do these films send to children about gender roles? How do characters of different genders talk, and how are they talked about? And do patterns of representation change over time? Using an accessible mix of statistics and in-depth qualitative analysis, the authors bring their expertise to the study of this very popular media behemoth. Looking closely at five different language features – talkativeness, compliments, directives, insults, and apologies – the authors uncover the biases buried in scripted language, and explore how language is used to construct tropes of femininity, masculinity, and queerness. Working with a large body of films reveals wide-scale patterns that might fly under the radar when the films are viewed individually, as well as demonstrating how different linguistic tools and techniques can be used to better understand popular children's media.

    • Describes a wide range of methods, both qualitative and quantitative, for analysis of different aspects of language in the media.
    • Uses humor and accessible language to illustrate different concepts in a digestible and entertaining way.
    • Explores media constructions of femininity, masculinity, and queerness with respect to language.
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: September 2022
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108795036
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from September 2022
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: A whole new world?
    2. Gender and Disney in historical context
    3. Representation, speech amounts, and talkativeness
    4. Compliments
    5. Directives
    6. Insults
    7. Apologies
    8. Representing queerness
    9. Conclusion: A tale as old as time (now streaming on Disney+).

  • Authors

    Carmen Fought, Pitzer College, Claremont
    Carmen Fought is Professor of Linguistics at Pitzer College. She is the author of Chicano English in Context (2003) and Language and Ethnicity (2006). Her research on language and gender in children's films has been discussed in several major news outlets such as the Washington Post and a special issue of National Geographic.

    Karen Eisenhauer, North Carolina State University
    Karen Eisenhauer is the Head of Research for People Nerds, a human insights blog published by dscout. She has an M.A. in linguistics from North Carolina State University. Her research with Dr. Fought on language and gender has been featured in major publications including the Washington Post, the BBC, and Time Magazine.

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