Across the Great Wall: The Politics and Economics of Transmission in Disney's Mulan Public Deposited

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  • March 19, 2019
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  • Pearce, Laura
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of American Studies, Folklore Program
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  • Film adaptations of folktales have been examined from many angles, but not as a form of folktale transmission. In the era of globalization, these films play a large role, especially in transmitting folklore between cultures. As an example of this, I examine Disney's Mulan, which brought a folktale well-known in China to an American and global audience unfamiliar with the source material. In order to understand the process and implications of Mulan's transmission, I employ World Systems Theory and the work of Arjun Appadurai. This illuminates how the folktale was appropriated, the exchanges the film inspired, and the impact the film has had.
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  • Teuton, Christopher
  • Sawin, Patricia
  • Bardsley, Janice
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  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2014
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