A close consideration of these works demonstrates how versions of Baum's tale are influenced by and help shape notions of American myth, including issues of gender, race, home, and magic, and makes clear that the Wizard of Oz narrative remains compelling and relevant today. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Other Editions 1. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book.
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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. May 15, Cheryl rated it liked it. This books examines four different areas - gender, race, home and magic - across six different versions or retellings of the Wizard of Oz story and the ways each of those areas have evolved or changed over time to reflect current American society and attitudes.
The versions of the story the book examines are the original novel, the movie, The Wiz, Wicked book and musical and Tin Man. The book is definitely very dense and academic in nature and probably not recommend for those without a ba This books examines four different areas - gender, race, home and magic - across six different versions or retellings of the Wizard of Oz story and the ways each of those areas have evolved or changed over time to reflect current American society and attitudes.
The book is definitely very dense and academic in nature and probably not recommend for those without a background in critical theory. It also helps if the reader is familiar with most, or all of the versions of the story the author refers to. Overall, there were large portions of the book that felt very repetitive or that were not saying anything really new if you've seen the different versions of the story and how ideas have evolved over time.
There were some interesting insights, but I don't know that the overcoming the density of the book was reward enough for those few insights. Aug 02, GG rated it liked it. This book is a study of 6 versions of the Wizard of Oz story. The bibliography and notes sections are particularly thorough showing the author's research on this topic.
It also enables readers to look further into the subject on their own if they wish.
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The writing is clear and straightforward and the book This book is a study of 6 versions of the Wizard of Oz story. The writing is clear and straightforward and the book is arranged in a logical fashion. If you've you've ever wondered about the yellow brick road or the various takes on it and how different generations and groups interpret it, this book is for you.
Jun 16, Sara Marks rated it really liked it. I got this book from LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.
I am a huge Oz fan. I have read the vast majority of the original book series. I have seen the movies over and over through my life. My mother, when she found out I got this book, reminded me about how I use to get excited at the annual viewing of the movie before we got a VCR. I love Wicked and have seen the musical.
The six versions of the story are ones I am very familiar with. Add to this that I love academic books that place popular culture in a deeper philosophical or, in this case, anthropological context. My background is religious anthropology. This book was perfect for me. I really enjoyed this book even though it took a long time for me to get through. My mind just wasn't in the right space for something heavy and academic. I was looking for something lighter. Still, Burger selected some good themes to help readers understand how the Wizard of Oz is American Mythology.
She does a wonderful job of explaining how the evolution of each version is an expression of our current values on gender, race, magic, and home.
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About this product Synopsis Since the publication of L. Frank Baum's the Wonderful Wizard of Oz in , authors, filmmakers, and theatrical producers have been retelling and reinventing this uniquely American fairy tale. A close consideration of these works demonstrates how versions of Baum's tale are influenced by and help shape notions of American myth, including issues of gender, race, home, and magic, and makes clear that the Wizard of Oz narrative remains compelling and relevant today.