For more information, please contact [email protected] recommended citation peterson, amanda marie, orphanhood and the search for home in l frank baum's the wonderful wizard of oz and boris pasternak's doctor zhivago (2011) theses, dissertations, professional papers paper 725. In supporting this thesis, littlefield drew on baum's experience as a journalist before he wrote oz as editor of a small newspaper in aberdeen, south dakota, baum had in an article entitled “the 'wizard of oz' as a monetary allegory” ( 1990), hugh rockoff examined the analogies between baum's use of imagery and the. In the novel and the movie “the wizard of oz,” there has been many opinions brought about that a. Of the wonderful wizard of oz through the story telling of a family member who spent his childhood devouring the seed for this thesis was planted, and i have many people to thank for helping me nurture its 32 henry m littlefield, “the wizard of oz: parable on populism,” american quarterly 161 (spring 1964), 47- 58. Political interpretations of the wonderful wizard of oz include treatments of the modern fairy tale as an allegory or metaphor for the political, economic, and social events of in a 1964 article, educator and historian henry littlefield outlined an allegory in the book of the late 19th-century debate regarding monetary policy.
The historian's wizard of oz synthesizes four decades of scholarly interpretations of l frank baum's classic children's novel as an allegory of the gilded age this study draws on several worthy versions of the oz-as-populist-parable thesis, but it also separates the reading of baum's book in this manner from baum's. So he wrote the wizard i discovered a 1964 thesis by henry littlefield which claimed the book was a political allegory of the times” in littlefield's eyes the wonderful wizard of oz (published in 1900), was a comment on the political revolution in america in the late 1800s, when farming communities were not surviving and. I even proposed the littlefield thesis as a lecture topic in an instructor's manual for a popular college-level textbook (12) then, about four years ago, i received from wadsworth publishing company a copy of a new edition of the wonderful wizard of oz i did what we all do with such unsolicited books: i put it on the edge of. I made a thing for one of my history classes i thought it turned out pretty good i know the words move a little fast sorry about that music from: http:/.
Baum in supporting this thesis, littlefield drew on baum's experience as a journalist before he wrote oz as editor of a small newspaper in aberdeen, south dakota, baum had written on politics and current events in the late 1880s and early 1890s, a period that coincided with the formation of the populist party littlefield also. Devotees of baum's oz books, who vehemently argued that the wizard ofoz is in no way, shape, or form a monetary or political allegory baum's great-grandson roger went so far as to call the populist-parable interpretation “insane” 6 historians, on the other hand, have tended to stick with and extend the littlefield thesis.
Does the wonderful wizard of oz contain a political agenda written in 1900, it was surrounded by arguments about populism and bimetalism could it have been. Or the cowardly lion, in need of courage the obvious message of the story is that there is no place like home however, the wizard of oz has been taken to another level individuals such as henry littlefield, john beebe, joey green, and others have interpreted the story and have found many different theories to go along. Frank baum's the wonderful wizard of oz received relatively little scholarly attention in the six decades that wizard of oz, the question necessarily arises as to how far the homeric odyssey as the prototypical 4 littlefield (1964: 50) delineates his thesis as follows: “baum created a children's story with a symbolic.