Presenter Information

Sara Jones, Whitworth University

Session Number

RS6

Location

Robinson 141

Abstract Number

RS6-d

Abstract

This paper examines current cultural expressions of the princess character contrasting idealized fictional models from mainstream films and other media to authentic royal ideals. Modern imagery in film and print deemphasize true royal princess models and characteristics versus illusory roles. Characteristics of courage, beauty, grace, purity, intelligence, gentleness, and reserved or youthful behavior are associated with the proper representation consistent with the expectations and roles within fictional Disney princesses or “fairytale” females. Contrasting non-fictional royalty such as Princess Diana Spencer and Kate Middleton against these idealized virtues connected with this categorization of females provides actual factual models, and refutes dominance of these perceptions. This paradigm shift examines personality traits like tenacity, decisiveness, maturity, wisdom, political aptitude and sometimes learned behaviors, often in response to social demands and culture. Additionally, the consistency of these roles and the ideal princess archetype and ideology, both in fictional and true life narratives, are investigated.

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Apr 23rd, 10:45 AM Apr 23rd, 12:15 PM

The Ideal Princess, the Perfect Woman

Robinson 141

This paper examines current cultural expressions of the princess character contrasting idealized fictional models from mainstream films and other media to authentic royal ideals. Modern imagery in film and print deemphasize true royal princess models and characteristics versus illusory roles. Characteristics of courage, beauty, grace, purity, intelligence, gentleness, and reserved or youthful behavior are associated with the proper representation consistent with the expectations and roles within fictional Disney princesses or “fairytale” females. Contrasting non-fictional royalty such as Princess Diana Spencer and Kate Middleton against these idealized virtues connected with this categorization of females provides actual factual models, and refutes dominance of these perceptions. This paradigm shift examines personality traits like tenacity, decisiveness, maturity, wisdom, political aptitude and sometimes learned behaviors, often in response to social demands and culture. Additionally, the consistency of these roles and the ideal princess archetype and ideology, both in fictional and true life narratives, are investigated.