Oz in Perspective

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  • Copyright: 2007-01-30
  • Publisher: McFarland Publishing
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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 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. Examinations of his non-Oz books and his other Oz works illuminate the discussion of the Oz novels.

Author Biography

Richard Tuerk is a professor of Literature and Languages at Texas A&M UniversityűCommerce. Formerly a president of the Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS), the American Studies Association of Texas and the Southwest Regional Popular Culture Asociation, he has written numerous journal articles on literature.

Table of Contents

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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