Performances of innocence and deviance in Disney cosplaying

Maria Patrice Amon


Disney cosplayers are uniquely positioned in relationship to the characters they perform because of Disney's reliance on innocence as a narrative trope and character element. Their cosplaying transmutes normative innocence via performative fan practice.


Cartoon; Ethnography; Fan costumes; Masking effect; Scott McCloud; Performativity; San Diego Comic-Con; Surrogation

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