8-3 | Princess Cultures: Mediating Girls’ Imaginations and Identities

Book Review

Princess Cultures: Mediating Girls’ Imaginations and Identities

Miriam Forman-Brunell and Rebecca C. Hains, eds.
New York: Peter Lang, 2015. Introduction, contributors, index. 288 pp. $40.95 paper. ISBN: 9781433120619

by Emily R. Aguiló-Pérez

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In Princess Cultures: Mediating Girls’ Imaginations and Identities Miriam Forman-Brunell and Rebecca C. Hains have compiled a collection of essays that discuss a vast range of representations and depictions of princesses, especially in a culture created for and aimed at girls. As the editors acknowledge, “Princesses are everywhere there are girls” (p. xi). Disney princesses have been around since 1937 when the company’s first feature-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, appeared in movie theaters across the United States. Yet there are a range of princesses beyond the Disney canon that have become part of childrens’ cultures through an array of venues. Films, books, video games, and dolls are some of the ways in which children, mainly girls, come in contact with the ideals of royalty through the image of the princess.