Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


Dr Tracey Mollet

Lecturer in Media and Communication

Clothworkers' Building North, 2.23

Office hours: Tuesdays 11am-12pm, Thursdays 9-10am



Having completed both my BA and MA in Modern History before joining the School of Media and Communication, I came to this discipline from a very different background to many of the other research staff in the department.

For my PhD, I combined my passion for History with my love for animation, researching the ideology of the animated shorts of the Disney and Schlesinger Studios in the 1930s and 1940s. I used a combination of archival research and content analysis to uncover the ways in which the cartoon shorts provided a commentary on the Great Depression, including social conditions, political debates and the international situation.

My current research is centred around Disney fairy tales and their connection to the American dream and the changing nature of the Disney princess. My research is also broadening into television and its historical contexts, including the US drama ‘Homeland’, and 1980s nostalgia and intertextuality in the Duffer Brothers’ ‘Stranger Things.’

Research Interests

  • Disney animation
  • Warner Brothers animation
  • Stranger Things
  • The classical era in Hollywood
  • Depression culture and its impact on film
  • Film Noir and post war Hollywood
  • Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg & J.J. Abrams
  • War propaganda, specifically WW1, WW2 and Vietnam
  • Propaganda theory
  • Music in Hollywood film
  • Fairy tales and the American Dream
  • British film during the Great Depression
  • Representations in film and television


COMM1890 Screen Narrative
COMM5370 International Film Industries
COMM5790 Identity, Culture and Technology


Admissions Tutor for the BA in Communications and Media
Personal Tutor
Language Centre Co-ordinator
Interconnections Co-ordinator



  • Mollet T, Cartoons in Hard Times The Animated Shorts of Disney and Warner Brothers in Depression and War 1932-1945 (Bloomsbury Publishing USA, 2017)

    Through a combination of content analysis, historical understanding and archival research, this book sheds new light on a hitherto unexplored area of animation, suggesting the ways in which Disney and Warner Brothers animation engaged with ...

Journal articles

  • Mollet T, ‘The ultimate Stallone reader: Sylvester Stallone as star, icon, auteur, edited by Chris Holmlund’, Celebrity Studies, 8.2 (2017), 361-363
    DOI: 10.1080/19392397.2017.1311643, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/120201/

  • Mollet T, ‘Deconstructing Brad Pitt , edited by Christopher Schaberg and Robert Bennett, New York, Bloomsbury, 2014, 296 pp., £23.99 (paperback), ISBN 978-1-62-356179-6’, Celebrity Studies, 8.1 (2017), 183-185
    DOI: 10.1080/19392397.2016.1272854


  • Mollet T, ‘The American Dream: Walt Disney's Fairy Tales’, in Fairy Tale World, ed. by Teverson A (Routledge, 2017) (Accepted)
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/125359/

    The relationship between the Disney and fairy tales is well known, stemming primarily from Disney’s first animated feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). Snow White elevates the importance of character; the triumph of the ordinary hero and the desire for relief from a current setting. Borne out of the Depression culture in the 1930s , these tenets are central to the narrative of the American Dream and feature in all of Disney’s fairy tales. However, mirroring socio-cultural change within American society, Disney’s fairy tale princesses and villains are now more emotionally complex, and the nature of the ‘happily ever after’ has shifted, evidencing a transformation in Disney fairy tale narratives.

  • Mollet T, ‘With a Smile and a Song...": Walt Disney and the birth of the American Fairy Tale’, in Debating Disney: Pedagogical Perspectives on Commercial Cinema (Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 2016)

External Appointments

Peer reviewer for Social Sciences Journal

Professional Practice

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

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