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Princess Cultures

Mediating Girls’ Imaginations and Identities


Edited By Miriam Forman-Brunell and Rebecca C. Hains

Princesses today are significant figures in girls’ culture in the United States and around the world. Although the reign of girls’ princess culture has generated intense debate, this anthology is the first to bring together international and interdisciplinary perspectives on the multitude of princess cultures, continuously redrawn and recast by grownups and girls from the Ancien Régime to the New Millennium. Essays critically examine the gendered, racialized, classed, and ethnic meanings of royal figures and fairytale and pop culture princesses inscribed in folk tales, movies, cartoons, video games, dolls, and imitated in play and performance. Focusing on the representation and reception of the princess, this collection sheds new light on the position of princess cultures mediating the lives, imaginations, and identities of girls from toddlers to teenagers – and beyond.
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Diana Anselmo-Sequeira earned her doctorate in Visual Studies from the University of California, Irvine. She is currently finalizing her dissertation on girl fandom and American cinema from the 1910s. Her work has been published in the journals Spectator and Luso-Brazilian Review, the anthology Transnational Horror Across Visual Media, and is forthcoming in Cinema Journal.

Guillermo Avila-Saavedra is an Assistant Professor in Communications and Media Studies at Salem State University. He received an MA in Advertising from Michigan State University and a PhD in Mass Media & Communication from Temple University. His research interests include the relation between media representation and identity, intercultural and international communication, and Latino issues in the media. His work has been published in, among other journals, Mass Communication and Society, Communication Quarterly, and Media, Culture & Society.

Megan Condis is an Assistant Professor in the English department at Stephen F. Austin State University. She works on gender discourse in popular culture including film, comics, and video games. She is also the Managing Editor for Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities. She is currently revising her dissertation, “The Politics of Gamers: Identity and Masculinity ← 275 | 276 → in the Age of Digital Media.” You can find her online at

Rebecca-Anne C. Do Rozario teaches at Monash University. She is interested in fairy tales, fantasy and children’s literatures, and musical theatre, having published work in such journals as Children’s Literature, Musicology Australia, Marvels & Tales and Women’s Studies in...

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