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"It's No Longer Midnight  -  
The Transformation of the Disney Princess from Damsel to Savior"

Presented by Justine Jackson
  Instructor ~ Department of English ~ Radford University  
  Office Address: CHBS 4130 ~ Box:  6935 ~ Telephone: 540-831-5614  
                                  Date                                       Location             Time                      
Tuesday, November 14th ~ 2017  ~ Heth 043 ~ 5:30 to 6:30pm
 Presentation Overview and Academic Highlights 
Presentation Overview
Since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ release in 1937, Disney has been ingrained in American culture. However, it wasn’t until 2000 that the Disney Princess Franchise came to be, developing into a $3 billion powerhouse. While its marketing and financial successes are staggering, the popularity of the franchise is not without its consequences. In Rebecca Hains’ book, The Princess Problem, she addresses the negative stereotypes of gender, race, and beauty standards enforced on young girls who consume these fictitious princesses. This talk will further explore the negative stereotypes along with some positive traits encountered with the Disney princesses, starting with the classic era films and continuing into the renaissance and modern era ones. As cultural and generational shifts happened through the years, Disney princesses transformed from damsels in distress to saviors of their own stories. By analyzing and understanding the value of this transformation, we can continue to address the ‘princess problem’ and acknowledge the empowerment this change has on young viewers.

                                                        Academic Highlights  
Teaching Experience    
Fall 2017 to 2018: A full-time, one-year teaching appointment  in the    
                                          Department  of English ~ Radford University.
Aug 2016 to May 2017: Adjunct Faculty Instructor in the Department of
                                          English ~ Radford University.
Aug 2014 to 2016: Graduate Teaching Assistant & Fellow in the
                                          Department of
English ~ Radford University
June 2013 to July: 2014 Summer Residential Governor’s School for
                                          Humanities and Visual Performing Arts
Education: Radford University Degrees
2014-2016: Master of Arts (M.A.) in English Language and Literature, General
2010-2013: Bachelor of Science (BS) in English Language and Literature, General
Admission is Free  ~ The Public is Invited

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