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Lecture 10

ENGC23 Lecture 10: 5.2 Portals & Reflections: The Illustrated Alice


Department
English
Course Code
ENGC23H3
Professor
Sonja Nikkila
Lecture
10

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5.2 Portals & Reflections: The Illustrated Alice
What to Consider
● Carrollissettingyouuptointeractwiththeseillustrationsinthebook
○ “whatuseisabookwithoutpictures?”saysAliceofherbigsister’sbook
○ picturesarekey*alongwiththeplacementofillustrations
● picturesbelonginthistext;notjustsidebysidebutinside
thestory
○ thinkaboutwherethestorystops/startsandwherethepicturesstop/start
● alsothinkoftheoriginalillustrationswithnewartforthestoryofWonderland
● GeorgeA.Walker’swoodblocksofAlicetomakeawoodblockprint,youhavetocarveoutareverse
image(whichisinterestingwhenwe’rethinkingofreflectingandmirrors)
● theconnectionsbetweentheworldsisreplicatedthroughthebookitselfbyreadingthebookyouare
exploringthefantasyworldwithAlice(thinkaboutthebackwardspoemofthe“Jabberwocky”andhowit
mustbereadthroughamirror)
● Tolkien“NoteE”whatisthevalueorproblemofusingillustration?orusingjusttext?
○ iftextisthemoresuccessfulmodeforfantasy,howdoesvisualmediagetaroundthisproblem?
○ Carrollplaysaroundwiththeideathattextandillustrationgohandinhand
○ whataretheissueswehavetoexplorewithina‘given’?
● Carroll’sbooksaskyoutobothengageandremovelogicatthesametime
○ Rabkinfantasyofmanisorder;howdowefitinthischaoticsituationofAlice?
○ clearrulesofchessgamesvs.chaosofWonderland
● WonderlandcanbetreatedlikeInception
imaginethatthislandispopulatedbyAlice’ssubconscious
○ imagineifwemadeAliceolderthisideawouldbealittlemoredisturbingsinceher
‘subconscious’seemstobequiterudetoher
● thistextisinfectedbytherealworldyetkickingthesenseoutofit
○ theshiftofrulesisbothscaryandexhilarating
Once Upon an Ending
● AlicecrossesthelastsquaretotheEighthSquareandshebecomesaqueen
○ buthersuccessbecomesanuncomfortableoneAlicedoesnotknowhowtobeaqueen
○ she’squizzedonmathuntilsheblowsupthere’salotofcrazyenergyinthisblowup
● inthisblowupshebelievesshepicksuptheRedQueen,butachapterjumphappens(ChapterXL
“Waking”)
○ wassheinherimagination?herdream?theredking’sdream?
○ notresolvedlikeAliceinWonderland
● shetriestoresolveitbyhavingaquiet,containedscenewithAlicereasoningthewholethingoutwith
hercats
Ending of Wonderland vs. Looking‐Glass
● lot’sofmovementandmotionlikeherblowupinLookingGlass
cardsflytowardsheronlyforAliceto
awakenintherealworld
○ externalconfirmationbysisterthatAlicewasdreaming
○ endmomentofchaosnoquietresolutionlikeLookingGlass
○ butthisisn’ttheendofAliceinWonderland
● bynotincludingapictureintheending,itcontraststhesisterwithAlice
○ hersisterisoldersheisableandlookingforstorieswithoutpictures(rememberherbookinthe
beginning)
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