"A Modernized Fairy Tale": Speculations on Technology, Labor, Politics, & Gender in the Oz Series

Hollingsworth, Zachary Hez (2018) "A Modernized Fairy Tale": Speculations on Technology, Labor, Politics, & Gender in the Oz Series. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Jaime Harker from English, The University of Mississippi.

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Abstract

On the surface, L. Frank Baum’s Oz series would appear to merely be fourteen books of inventive children’s fantasy, but in truth Baum communicates several personal progressive beliefs to his youthful audience through the use of his fantastical world upon closer examination. For my research, I reread every book in Baum’s original Oz series and made note of any potentially relevant allegorical or metaphorical themes. Once I started to notice a trend of themes regarding technology, labor, politics, and gender, I settled on these themes to be the overall focus of my thesis’s discussion. I read as many academic essays and articles on the Oz series as I could find, observing previous readings and arguments to better inform my own work. Finally, I read a comprehensive biography on Baum’s life to contextualize his perspectives based on when, where, and how he grew up and lived. Overall, I found the Oz series to hold a host of interesting ideas and opinions that paint Baum as quite a colorful individual, one interested in the potential for America to change how it operated during his time and hoping to do so by encouraging children to challenge the society of their parents.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Hollingsworth, Zachary Hez
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. in English & Integrated Marketing Communications
Thesis Advisor: Jaime Harker
Thesis Advisor's Department: English
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PS American literature
Depositing User: Mr. Zachary Hollingsworth
Date Deposited: 15 May 2018 19:51
Last Modified: 15 May 2018 19:51
URI: http://thesis.honors.olemiss.edu/id/eprint/1205

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