Face-work, social movement leadership, and �Glinda the Good�: A textual analysis of the character G(a)linda in the musical Wicked | Intellect Skip to content
Volume 8, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 1750-3159
  • E-ISSN: 1750-3167



This textual analysis of the musical Wicked examines how the musical conveys messages about social movement leadership and the sociological concept of face-work. Specifically, this article suggests that the character G(a)linda emerges as a leader through the use of front and face-work and then undergoes a transformation that leads her to adopt the values of the social movement in the musical, giving her the ability to serve as a government leader while illustrating the characteristics of a moderate social movement leader.


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