Unfreezing Disney’s Frozen through playful and intentional co-authoring/co-playing


  • Jane Hewes MacEwan University
  • Pam Whitty University of New Brunswick
  • Brittany Aamot
  • Erica Schaly
  • Jennifer Sibbald
  • Kayla Ursuliak


Often children’s opportunities to play are constrained by particular interpretations of play that instrumentalize its value in the service of adult-defined, future-oriented goals for children. As an alternative, we draw upon specific theoretical insights of play and playfulness, to closely examine the power of the present and past in childhood and adulthood, through ongoing play episodes created and re-created by co-playing, co-authoring adults and children. This particular playing collective takes up common popular cultural scripts embedded in the film Frozen, and through intertextual and multimodal adventuring, indoors and out, reveal emergent and playful uncertainties and potentialities that can occur when children and adults are committed to play as “a thing by itself” (Huizinga, 1950, p. 45).

Author Biography

Jane Hewes, MacEwan University

Associate Professor

Early Learning and Child Care

Faculty of Health and Community Studies

MacEwan University


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How to Cite

Hewes, J., Whitty, P., Aamot, B., Schaly, E., Sibbald, J., & Ursuliak, K. (2016). Unfreezing Disney’s Frozen through playful and intentional co-authoring/co-playing. Canadian Journal of Education/Revue Canadienne De l’éducation, 39(3), 1–25. Retrieved from https://journals.sfu.ca/cje/index.php/cje-rce/article/view/2089



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