Somewhere over the rainbow: how can 'The Wizard of Oz' help to illuminate Lacanian theory, and in turn, aid in the understanding and authenticity of musical theatre?

Reed, Amy (2012) Somewhere over the rainbow: how can 'The Wizard of Oz' help to illuminate Lacanian theory, and in turn, aid in the understanding and authenticity of musical theatre? BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This thesis explores the 1939 film adaptation of The Wizard of Oz. It considers this musical theatre text as a lens through which the theory of Jacques Lacan can be illuminated, and also aims to use Lacanian theory to draw new conclusions about The Wizard of Oz. The ideas of Slavoj Žižek and Mladen Dolar also contribute to this work.
    Each chapter considers The Wizard of Oz in relation to a number of complex Lacanian ideas. Firstly, it explores gender and the character of Dorothy. From this it considers the role of fundamental fantasy in regards to the characters in the film and Judy Garland. The concept of fantasy is central to this thesis and parallels are drawn between this element of psychoanalysis and the genre of musical theatre in the conclusion. This thesis also looks closely at the voice and particularly focuses on the song Somewhere over the Rainbow. The ultimate goal of this thesis is to be able to gain an understanding of the function of musical theatre, and raises questions about its authenticity and purpose in society.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2014 15:12
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:32
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/14052

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