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Oz in Perspective : Magic and Myth in the L. Frank Baum Books - Richard Tuerk

Oz in Perspective

Magic and Myth in the L. Frank Baum Books

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When moviegoers accompany Dorothy through the gates of the Emerald City, they may think they have discovered all there is to see of Oz - but as real friends of the Wizard know, more lies behind the curtain. "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz", on which the 1939 film was based, was only the first of 14 "Oz" books. Together, these works constitute a series rich in allusions to a broad range of literary traditions, including fairy tale, myth, epic, the picaresque novel, and visions of utopia. Reflecting on L. Frank Baum's entire series of full-length Oz books, this study introduces readers to the great folklorist who created not only Dorothy and friends, but also countless wonderful characters who still await discovery. Close analysis of each book invites readers to search Baum's fascinating stories for meaning and mythical quality. Progressing chronologically through the canon, the author discusses literary devices and important thematic implications in each book, arguing that Baum wrote for the pleasure of both children and adults, both to provide entertainment and to teach moral lessons. Of particular significance is the argument, sustained over several chapters, that Baum modeled his Oz books on classic mythical patterns, rewriting Oz history in nearly every book to produce a different set of backgrounds and a different conception of utopia for his imaginary kingdom. This variety of backgrounds and archetypes gives Baum's books a truly universal appeal. Examinations of his non-Oz books and his other Oz works, such as "Little Wizard Stories of Oz" and "The Woggle-Bug Book", illuminate the discussion of the Oz novels.

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Acknowledgmentsp. vii
L. Frank Baum's Fourteen Full-Length Oz Booksp. xi
Prefacep. 1
Introductionp. 5
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: Dorothy's Timeless Adventurep. 21
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: The Wizard Himselfp. 35
The Marvelous Land of Oz: Tip's Progressp. 45
Ozma of Oz: The First Underground Journeyp. 59
Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz: Baum's Infernop. 76
The Road to Oz: Baum's Picaresquep. 91
The Emerald City of Oz: Goodbye to Kansas, Goodbye to Ozp. 101
The Patchwork Girl of Oz: Saving Unc Nunkiep. 113
Tik-Tok of Oz, The Scarecrow of Oz, Rinkitink in Oz: "Exciting Adventures," "Unexpected Difficulties," "Marvelous Escapes"p. 121
The Lost Princess of Oz: Rescuing Persephonep. 137
The Tin Woodman of Oz: Baum's Odysseyp. 147
The Magic of Oz: Magic and Politics in Ozp. 156
Glinda of Oz: Baum's Tale of Demeter and Persephonep. 171
Boundaries: Oz as Sacred Spacep. 179
Baum's Oz: (Dys)(Eu)(U)Topia?p. 191
Conclusionp. 204
Notesp. 209
Bibliographyp. 219
Indexp. 227
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ISBN: 9780786428991
ISBN-10: 0786428996
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 241
Published: 30th January 2007
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 14.73  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.32