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The Wizard of Oz : shaping an imaginary world
Rahn, Suzanne.
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New York : Twayne Publishers ; London : Prentice Hall International, 1998.
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xvi, 158 pages ; 23 cm.
Literary and historical context. The historical context -- The importance of The Wizard of Oz -- The critical reception -- A reading. The road to the Emerald City -- Dorothy opens the door: the inner landscape of Oz -- "Now we can cross the shifting sands": the outer landscape of Oz -- "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore": the movie's Oz -- Appendix: Approaches to teaching The Wizard of Oz.
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PS3503.A923 W637 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Written in an easy-to-read, accessible style by teachers with years of classroom experience, Masterwork Studies are guides to the literary works most frequently studied in high school. Presenting ideas that spark imaginations, these books help students to gain background knowledge on great literature useful for papers and exams. The goal of each study is to encourage creative thinking by presenting engaging information about each work and its author. This approach allows students to arrive at sound analyses of their own, based on in-depth studies of popular literature.

Each volume:

-- Illuminates themes and concepts of a classic text

-- Uses clear, conversational language

-- Is an accessible, manageable length from 140 to 170 pages

-- Includes a chronology of the author's life and era

-- Provides an overview of the historical context

-- Offers a summary of its critical reception

-- Lists primary and secondary sources and index

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Rahn (Pacific Lutheran Univ.) presents a thoughtful overview of a classic of children's literature. After describing the historical epoch in which Baum worked, the author considers how the book has become a uniquely American myth, featuring a transformed American landscape and an American heroine. Rahn also explores why The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, despite its shortcomings, has such lasting appeal, arguing that the world of Oz, although filled with many different landscapes and inhabitants, never dissolves into chaos. Baum gave structure to his land, despite its surface appearance of disorder. Rahn perceptively points out the role of maps and mapping in the book: "Maps--a real life kind of magic--provide . . . [a] means of heightening the reality of an imaginary world. . . . Maps of imaginary worlds . . . [enlarge] the world beyond the boundaries of the story." The author concludes with an appendix on approaches to teaching the book, which will be helpful to teachers on all levels. Scholars new to children's literature will find that this book provides a concise analysis of an American classic. All collections. S. A. Inness; Miami University