The Wonderful Wizard of Oz | Critical Essay by Douglas J. McReynolds and Barbara J. Lips

This literature criticism consists of approximately 11 pages of analysis & critique of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
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Critical Essay by Douglas J. McReynolds and Barbara J. Lips

SOURCE: McReynolds, Douglas J., and Barbara J. Lips. “A Girl in the Game: The Wizard of Oz as Analog for the Female Experience in America.” North Dakota Quarterly 54, no. 2 (spring 1986): 87-93.

In the following essay, McReynolds and Lips argue that Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is one of the few examples in American literature depicting a nontragic adventurous female protagonist, who exemplifies the true experience of women on the American frontier.

When Leslie Fiedler suggested that American literature is essentially children's literature,1 he seemed to give legitimacy to what readers of American books had sensed for some time already but had been too self-conscious to think out loud: that the American experience not only was a learning, a youthful experience, but that childhood provides the...

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