An analysis from a Marxist perspective of the novel 'Wicked: the life & times of the Wicked Witch of The West', by Gregory Maguire and its musical adaptation ‘Wicked’ the Musical, by Stephen Schwartz

Gunn, Nathalie (2011) An analysis from a Marxist perspective of the novel 'Wicked: the life & times of the Wicked Witch of The West', by Gregory Maguire and its musical adaptation ‘Wicked’ the Musical, by Stephen Schwartz. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Set in the Land of Oz, ‘Wicked’ tells the story of an emerald-skinned girl called Elphaba, and how she goes on to become the infamous fictional character – ‘The Wicked Witch of the West’. The novel acts initially as a prequel to L. Frank Baum's classic tale ‘The Wizard of Oz.’

    In 2003, ‘Wicked: the life and times of the Wicked Witch of the West’ was adapted for the stage by Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman. The show opened at The Gershwin Theatre in New York on the 30th October, 2003. (Giere, 2008). During its transition from page to stage, ‘Wicked’ underwent some considerable changes, these changes mainly affected the narrative. This thesis explores the adaptation process and discusses both ‘Wicked’ the musical, and the original novel that inspired its creation. All with the aim of learning more about ‘Wicked’s’ journey from book to musical and the reasons behind these alterations.

    Drawing on the theoretical work of Karl Marx, Louis Althusser, and Theodor Adorno a discussion will be made to consider whether an adaptation can be considered as authentic art and whether musicals have significant fetish value.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2012 15:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:58
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/6996

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