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Lecture 8

ENGC23H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Intertextuality


Department
English
Course Code
ENGC23H3
Professor
Sonja Nikkila
Lecture
8

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4.2 Origin and Reflection in Inception
& Alice in
Wonderland
● Mal:“Youdon’tbelieveinrealityanymore.Sochoose.”;“Youkeeptellingyourselfwhatyouknow,but
whatdoyoubelieve?”
○ UnicorninThroughtheLookingGlass:
“Ifyoubelieveinme,I’llbelieveinyou”
○ WhiteQueen:“SometimesI’vebelievedasmanyassiximpossiblethingsbeforebreakfast”
● TGFF
mirror:thewayfromourworldtostartthetour(aportal)
The Fun of Infundibular
● “Youknowverywellyou’renotreal.”(ThroughtheLookingGlass
)
● (Little,Big
)infundibular:
auniversalretreatingmirrorimage
○ theworldiscomposedofaseriesofrings,withonepenetratingdeeperintotheotherworldand
growlarger
○ thefurtheryougo,thebiggeritgets
○ eachperimeterofthisseriesenclosesalargerworldwithinwiththecenterpointbeinginfinite
○ thecenter/infiniteisthelandofFaery,wherethereisnoendtopossibility
○ keyword:circles;thinkofBilbo’scircularhobbitholedoor,oroftheOneRing(there’scircles
everywhereinfantasy)
Fantasy, Origin, and Intertextuality
(fromNortonAnthologyofTheory&Criticism)intertextuality:
atext’sdependenceonprior
words/concept/conventions/etc.
○ everytextisintertextbecauseeverybooktakessomethingfromanolderworkorconcept;
rememberTolkienhadinfluencesfrommanymythswhenmakingLOTR
● mythoffiliation:tryingtofindsources/influencesofatextwhenthey’reanonymous/untraceable
Through the Looking Glass
as a Quest
● thequesttobecomeaqueen:
○ movesfromfantasytorealitybutthenmustmovebacktorealityinordertoescapefantasy
○ buttheproblemwiththisquestfantasyisthatAliceiswandering(nocleardestination)andistoo
passiveacharacter
○ there’salsothequestionifit’salladream
● thequestionofthedarklord:
○ someoppositioninmovementbetweensquares
○ argumentthatAlicecouldbethe‘DarkLord’:sheisathirdqueenthatshouldnotbeinthe
game;she’saninvaderofthespace
● reflectingonidentity:
○ Alicegoesintotheforestbutforgetshername;remembersthe“L”sound,themostprominent
soundofhername
○ Lacan’smirrortheory:
asachildwithnoidentity,youonlyperceivesituations/sensual
perceptions;thenwhenyou’reolder,youreverselikeamirrorandperceivepeopleasindividuals
Reflect, Refract, and Reverse
● HaigaandHattafromThroughtheLookingGlass
=HareandMadHatterfromAliceinWonderland
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