Abstract

The Wizard of Oz exemplifies the “experience of order” some scholars have posited as the heart of both religion and film. But it also undermines the notion that such order requires a transcendent guarantee. Oz provides a vision of religion as no less powerful for having been unmasked as the product of interpersonal human collusion in illusion, thereby reversing the film’s implicit critique of religion. The essay makes use of the motif of “the man behind the curtain” to explore and critique theories of myth and religion from Karl Marx to Russell McCutcheon, Sam Gill, and Jonathan Z. Smith.

pdf

Additional Information

ISSN
1703-289X
Print ISSN
1703-289X
Pages
pp. 275-286
Launched on MUSE
2014-12-10
Open Access
No
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.