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Lecture 11

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Department
English
Course
ENGB35H3
Professor
Holly F
Semester
Winter

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ENGB35 Lecture 11 Monday February 10, 14 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – By Lewis Carroll Literary nonsense:  ­ defies linguistic conventions/logical reasoning ­ employs an excess of meaning ­ atmosphere of surreal absurdity  ­ exuberant wonder at forms, shapes of things rather than concern over content/meaning ­ must contain a variety of nonsense techniques, such as: arbitrariness, impression, absurd  precision, faulty cause and effect, neologism, picture/text incongruity, reversals and  inversions, simultaneity, infinite repetition, negativity or mirroring. Sir John Tenniel ­ Since the author of the verbal text (Dodgson/Carroll) so influenced  (controlled?) the  images that accompany it, can one interpret the words without paying attention to the  illustrations that accompany them? ­ What in other words is Alice Adventures in Wonderland – the verbal text alone or the  combination of word and image? ­ If the answer is the second, then what special interpretive strategies does the reader have  to employ? Alice herself ­ How is she different from other heroines? ­ What are her priorities? ­ Is there a d
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