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Disney and the Dialectic of Desire : Fantasy as Social Practice, Hardback Book

Disney and the Dialectic of Desire : Fantasy as Social Practice Hardback


This book analyzes Walt Disney's impact on entertainment, new media, and consumer culture in terms of a materialist, psychoanalytic approach to fantasy.

The study opens with a taxonomy of narrative fantasy along with a discussion of fantasy as a key concept within psychoanalytic discourse.

Zornado reads Disney's full-length animated features of the "golden era" as symbolic responses to cultural and personal catastrophe, and presents Disneyland as a monument to Disney fantasy and one man's singular, perverse desire.

What follows after is a discussion of the "second golden age" of Disney and the rise of Pixar Animation as neoliberal nostalgia in crisis.

The study ends with a reading of George Lucas as latter-day Disney and Star Wars as Disney fantasy.

This study should appeal to film and media studies college undergraduates, graduates students and scholars interested in Disney.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 260 pages, IX, 260 p.
  • Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Film theory & criticism
  • ISBN: 9783319626765

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