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Three Case Histories

Kenneth B. Kidd

in Freud in Oz

Published by University of Minnesota Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780816675821
Published online August 2015 | e-ISBN: 9781452947709 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.5749/minnesota/9780816675821.003.0003
Three Case Histories

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This chapter focuses on the psychoanalytic interpretation of and popular case writing around the Golden Age classics Alice, Peter Pan, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Case writing on children’s literature undertakes not only the education of the reader but also a broader critique of innocence, ignorance, or immaturity. With both Alice and Peter Pan, critical case writing takes a cue from psychoanalytic case writing and from broader anxiety about man-child sexuality, discernible in popular retellings and adaptations. The Wizard of Oz has also been assumed as having a repressed adult history. These and other Golden Age texts are addressed to adult as well as child subjects.

Keywords: Alice; Peter Pan; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; case writing; children’s literature; man-child sexuality; Golden Age classics

Chapter.  14867 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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