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Freud in OzAt the Intersections of Psychoanalysis and Children's Literature$
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Kenneth B. Kidd

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816675821

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816675821.001.0001

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Three Case Histories

Three Case Histories

Alice, Peter Pan, and The Wizard of Oz

(p.65) 3. Three Case Histories
Freud in Oz

Kenneth B. Kidd

University of Minnesota Press

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

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