Re: Zipes on Stockton, Baum
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, David Lenander <d-lena@...>
> It is not by chance that the most notable and memorable
> fairy tale was produced right at the end of the nineteenthcentury:
> L. Frank Baum's _The Wizard of Oz_ (1900), clearly based onthe
> European fairy tale structure, . . . . Though Dorothy returnsto
> America, she realizes in the sixth book, _The Emerald City ofOz_,
> that she cannot stay in a country where farmers are driven toruin by
> bankers, and exploitation is accepted as "the American way oflife."
> Baum's creation of fourteen Oz books, considered an Americanfairy
> tale saga, is a political and cultural commentaryDoes Zipes realize that the Oz-as-political-fable business is an
urban legend with very traceable roots? I find it very unlikely
that the arch-Republican Baum would have intended anything like
what Zipes reads into him. Then again, I seriously doubt most
authors intended the political content modern litcrit reads into
- Ah, but don't many modern litarary critics dismiss an author's
intentions as unimportant? As suggested, for example, in this
wikipedia entry on "intentional fallacy"?
And here's some blogging on the subject by Richard Scott Nokes in
what started as a discussion of Tolkien (regarding his use of the
>---"William Cloud Hicklin" <solicitr@...> wrote:content modern litcrit reads into them.
>Then again, I seriously doubt most authors intended the political
- --- In email@example.com, "Merlin DeTardo" <emptyD@...>
> Ah, but don't many modern litarary critics dismiss an author's
> intentions as unimportant? As suggested, for example, in this
> wikipedia entry on "intentional fallacy"?
> And here's some blogging on the subject by Richard Scott Nokes
> what started as a discussion of Tolkien (regarding his use ofthe
> word "weapontake"):did-he-
> know-and-when.htmlQuite so- but "many modern literary critics" are full of garden
fertilizer. Personally, I'll stick with old-fashioned "authors"
as opposed to deterministic "author functions."