I examine the uncanny structural similarities between two unlikely sets of literary and dramatic works: "children's" works by L. Frank Baum and Maurice Maeterlinck and more "adult" works by two of the giants of modernist theater, Henrik Ibsen and August Strindberg. In each case the plot revolves around a narrative of a protagonist's journey away from home, a series of adventures, and an ultimate return. I engage with scholarship from fairy-tale studies, theater, and psychology in an exploration of the theoretical and cultural underpinnings of a seemingly archetypal literary and dramatic structure.
Taroff, Kurt. "Home Is Where the Self Is: Monodrama, Journey Play Structure, and the Modernist Fairy Tale." Marvels & Tales 28.2 (2014). Web. <http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/marvels/vol28/iss2/6>.