ENGB35 Lecture 11
Monday February 10, 14
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – By Lewis Carroll
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
How is she different from other heroines?
What are her priorities?
Is there a d