Title

The Mathmagics of media princesses: Informal STEM learning, STEM rhetorics, and animated children’s movies

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2019

Department

Department of Humanities

Abstract

Noting the ways that the movie Moana (2016) intervened in an academic mathematical debate, this article explores the ways that animated children’s movies have mirrored broader American rhetorics of mathematical success, which tend to omit female mathematical knowers. Comparing Moana with the earlier Alice in Wonderland (1951) and Donald in Mathmagic Land (1959), this article identifies the ways that the three films and their publicity have participated in the omission of female mathematicians, especially in their stories. In doing so, it argues for considering STEM rhetorics grounded in informal STEM learning, leading to questions about both STEM and education in Western contexts.

Publication Title

Peitho

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