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Author Hayward, Philip, author

Title Making a splash : mermaids (and mermen) in 20th and 21st century audiovisual media / Philip Hayward
Published Herts, United Kingdom : John Libbey Publishing, [2017]
Bloomington, IN : Distributed by Indiana University Press
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Description 1 online resource (v, 211 pages) : color illustrations
Contents Introduction. Tails, tresses and elusive otherness -- 1. Becoming Ariel, becoming Ursula -- 2. Flauntation and fascination : the alluring mermaid and her charms -- 3. Sonic seduction : mermaid vocality and its expression in screen soundtracks (co-authored with Jon Fitzgerald) -- 4. Making out : sexuality and the transformative mermaid -- 5. Channeling the anima : inspirational folklore in The mermaid chair -- 6. "Mermaid-like a while" : juvenile mermaids and aficionado culture -- 7. At the margins : mermen on the screen -- 8. Crypto-science and hoax TV : Animal Planet's mermaid documentaries
Summary Mermaids have been a feature of western cinema since its inception and the number of films, television series, and videos representing them has expanded exponentially since the 1980s. Making a Splash analyses texts produced within a variety of audiovisual genres. Following an overview of mermaids in western culture that draws on a range of disciplines including media studies, psychoanalysis, and post- structuralism, individual chapters provide case studies of particular engagements with the folkloric figure. From Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid" to the creation of Ursula, Ariel's tentacled antagonist in Disney's 1989 film, to aspects of mermaid vocality, physicality, agency, and sexuality in films and even representations of mermen, this work provides a definitive overview of the significance of these ancient mythical figures in 110 years of western audio-visual media
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed March 09, 2017)
Subject Mermaids -- In mass media.
Mermen -- In mass media.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0861969251 (electronic bk.)
9780861969258 (electronic bk.)