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Marginalizing Motherhood: Postfeminist fathers and Dead Mothers in Animated Film
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7243-0059
2017 (English)In: The Absent Mother in the Cultural Imagination: Missing, Presumed Dead / [ed] Berit Åström, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, 241-258 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

It is a commonplace that very few mothers survive to the end of animated feature films. The construction of the families and fathers the mothers leave behind has changed over the last few decades, however, as well as the reasons the mothers disappear. In this chapter, the films The Little Mermaid (1995), Beauty and the Beast (1991) and Aladdin (1992) are contrasted to the more recent Finding Nemo (2003), Chicken Little (2005) and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009). This chapter analyzes how the trope of the dead mother intersects with the trend towards representations of postfeminist fatherhood in popular culture, and discusses how a new type of parenting is created, which, although progressive in many ways, is still predicated on the absence of the mother. 

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Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. 241-258 p.
Keyword [en]
gender, animated film, postfeminism
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Languages and Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-138284DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319ISBN: 978-3-319-49036-6 (print)ISBN: 978-3-319-49037-3 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-138284DiVA: diva2:1133674
Available from: 2017-08-16 Created: 2017-08-16 Last updated: 2017-08-17

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