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Teaching with Disney

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Edited By Julie C. Garlen and Jennifer A. Sandlin

Teaching with Disney, the first comprehensive volume on Disney as cultural pedagogy and classroom praxis, explores what it means to teach, learn, and live in a world where many familiar discourses are dominated by The Walt Disney Company. The book analyzes the ways in which the powerful messages of Disney shape the way we teach and learn. Featuring scholars from a wide range of educational contexts, including educational foundations, art education, higher education, K-12 contexts, adult education, media literacy, critical pedagogy, and curriculum studies, this book is accessible and interesting to a global audience of educational researchers and practitioners as well as undergraduate and graduate students in educational foundations, curriculum and instruction, curriculum theory, critical media education, art education, sociology of education, and related fields. Discussion questions are provided for each chapter to help facilitate class discussions and assignments. This is an excellent assignment text for education classrooms.

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Part Four: Teaching Ourselves

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Teaching Ourselves p a r t f o u r “But he was Your Prince Charming!” Accounting for the End of “Ever After” with a Divorce Fairytale shannon dahmes puechner Marriage is a story we explicitly tell together: the transfiguration of girl into bride cannot be accomplished alone but requires the actions of magical others. When vows are spoken, it is a promise made not only to one’s spouse, but also to everyone who bears witness. It is a promise to step into certain cultural narratives and to uphold and live out the categories that help us understand each other. I had not fully realized the ways that others were bound up in the story of my marriage until hap- pily ever after proved to be false. I soon discovered that my divorce wasn’t just about me; the problem of my unwritten identity also created profound anxiety for others. I had expected that it would be difficult for me to share the news with every- one I knew. I was grieving and I was ashamed. But I had not anticipated the anxieties my dissolution would produce in others. My mother was merely the first of many to implore, “What happened? He was your prince charming. …” The assertion of the fairytale-ness of my marriage was almost always followed by the same litany of questions: “Did he cheat? Did he beat you? Did he gamble? Did he drink?” While these interrogations did not position me directly as the false/failed/ fallen princess, the...

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