Wonderful Wizard of Oz in American Popular Culture. Uneasy in Eden

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The study advances the concept of an interdisciplinary approach to the study of popular culture. Drawing upon archetypal theory as expounded by Jung and Frye, culture history, literary criticism, and the popular culture theories of John Fiske as they intersect with postmodern and deconstructionist interpretations, it links the conservative discipline of history to the chariot of the popular. It also makes the theories of literary critics more accessible to the average college student, who is familiar with the plot of The Wizard of Oz. This book will be of interest to students and teachers of Film Studies, Religion and Literature, American Studies, and Culture History.


"In an analysis that combines an effective review of the scholarly literature on political culture in turn-of-the-century America with a sharp understanding of US popular culture, Neil Earle has written an important new analysis of a notable literary classic. . . . A sophisticated and engaging work. . . . As an important synthesis of Oz in American society, Earle's study will mark a lasting contribution to the historical and critical literature. Moreover, written as it is in a concise and accessible style, this book will prove useful to non-specialists and university students." - David Sheinin

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