Document Type

Panel Presentation

Keywords

Feminism, post colonialism, film

Biography

Lydia A. Cyrus is an English major at Marshall University where she serves as the president of the English honor society Sigma Tau Delta. She specializes in creative non-fiction and works mainly for feminist and post colonial theory as well.

Major

English

Advisor for this project

Dr. Walter Squire

Start Date

21-4-2017 9:15 AM

End Date

21-4-2017 10:30 AM

Abstract

This paper seeks to unpack the representation of women and Native Americans in the 1995 Disney film Pocahontas and how Disney took a historical event and blended the elements of a true story and the elements of typical Disney films to create a fictional story of Pocahontas and John Smith. The paper seeks to critically view the ideas of feminism in the film and how the Powhatan tribe was portrayed in the film as well and how both subjects make the Disney film dangerous for viewers as it distorts history.

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Apr 21st, 9:15 AM Apr 21st, 10:30 AM

Fabricated History and False Feminism: How Disney Reimagined and Reshaped the Story of Pocahontas

This paper seeks to unpack the representation of women and Native Americans in the 1995 Disney film Pocahontas and how Disney took a historical event and blended the elements of a true story and the elements of typical Disney films to create a fictional story of Pocahontas and John Smith. The paper seeks to critically view the ideas of feminism in the film and how the Powhatan tribe was portrayed in the film as well and how both subjects make the Disney film dangerous for viewers as it distorts history.