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Composite Bodies: Race, Gender, and Dis/ability in Fairy Tale Performance

Case, Christine (2023) Composite Bodies: Race, Gender, and Dis/ability in Fairy Tale Performance. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This dissertation interrogates the ways in which racial, gendered, dis/abled, and technological modes of embodiment reimagine what fairy tale performances can signify and who they can include. Through a framework of composite bodies, I chart diverse representational possibilities made possible by the appearance and performance of certain bodies in fairytale landscapes, from the crip Disney Park Guest to the Black incarnation of the white Disney Princess. By naming something a composite body, I serve witness to the processes wherein specific bodies test the limits of what is achievable through their performances.
Influenced by queer of color critique and contemporary girlhood studies, this research centers interdisciplinary and intersectional approaches to performance, race, gender, and popular culture, particularly in US contexts. My archive ranges from Broadway musicals and their divas to Disney performances, Park rides and structural design, to promotional materials and autoethnographic experiences. Attending to the ephemeral and under-acknowledged, this dissertation both reflects and creates an archive of fairy tale performance.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Case, Christinecbc52@pitt.educbc52
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBickford,
Committee MemberWaldron,
Committee MemberWeikle-Mills,
Committee MemberMcKelvey,
Committee MemberKincaid,
Date: 6 September 2023
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 23 May 2023
Approval Date: 6 September 2023
Submission Date: 29 July 2023
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 119
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > English
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Race, Gender, Disability, Fairy Tale, Performance, Disney, Theme Parks, Broadway, Musicals, AutoEthnography
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2023 13:38
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2023 13:38


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