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Editors Auxier (philosophy, Southern Illinois U.), Seng (philosophy, U. of Maryland), and 18 contributing philosophers take an entertaining, interesting, and frequently light-hearted look at numerous aspects of the The Wizard of Oz and the lessons embedded in it that made the story such a beloved cultural icon. Unlikely topics, such as why water melts a witch, why it's necessary to leave Oz and return to Kansas, and how a little dog named Toto figures so prominently in human events are treated as the basis for philosophical discussion and exploration. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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From the bedtime story by L. Frank Baum to the classic 1939 film, no story has captured the imaginations of generations of children — and adults — like The Wizard of Oz. The story of Dorothys journey through Oz, the colorful characters, places, songs, and dialogue have permeated popular culture around the world. The contributors to this volume take a very close look at The Wizard of Oz and ask the tough questions about this wonderful tale. They wonder if someone can possess a virtue without knowing it, and if the realm of Oz was really the dream or if Kansas was the dream. Why does water melt the Wicked Witch of the West and why does Toto seem to know what the other characters cant seem to figure out? The articles included tackle these compelling questions and more, encouraging readers to have discussions of their own.

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takingadayoff, February 9, 2009 (view all comments by takingadayoff)
The contributors to this collection of essays don't limit themselves to the 1939 musical starring Judy Garland. They use many adaptations of L. Frank Baum's stories to examine Oz from a philosophical perspective, including a silent feature film, The Wiz, and Greg MacGuire's Wicked. My favorite essay examines the meaning of the dorm room game of playing Pink Floyd's The Wall while watching The Wizard of Oz. Trippy.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780812696578
Author:
Auxier, Randall E.
Publisher:
Open Court Publishing Company
Editor:
Seng, Phillip S.
Editor:
Auxier, Randall E.; Seng, Phil
Editor:
Auxier, Randall E.
Editor:
Seng, Phil
Author:
Auxier, Randall E.
Author:
Seng, Phil
Subject:
History, Criticism, Surveys
Subject:
History & Surveys - General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Children's stories, American
Subject:
Oz (Imaginary place)
Subject:
Baum, L. Frank
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Popular Culture and Philosophy Popular Culture and Philosoph
Series Volume:
37
Publication Date:
20081231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 18 oz

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From the bedtime story by L. Frank Baum to the classic 1939 film, no story has captured the imaginations of generations of children — and adults — like The Wizard of Oz. The story of Dorothys journey through Oz, the colorful characters, places, songs, and dialogue have permeated popular culture around the world. The contributors to this volume take a very close look at The Wizard of Oz and ask the tough questions about this wonderful tale. They wonder if someone can possess a virtue without knowing it, and if the realm of Oz was really the dream or if Kansas was the dream. Why does water melt the Wicked Witch of the West and why does Toto seem to know what the other characters cant seem to figure out? The articles included tackle these compelling questions and more, encouraging readers to have discussions of their own.
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