Gillian Beer's Alice in Space: The Sideways Victorian World of Lewis PDF

By Gillian Beer

ISBN-10: 0226041506

ISBN-13: 9780226041506

ISBN-10: 022656469X

ISBN-13: 9780226564692

In Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, Lewis Carroll created awesome worlds that proceed to please and bother readers of every age at the present time. Few reflect on, despite the fact that, that Carroll conceived his Alice books through the 1860s, a second of extreme highbrow upheaval, as new clinical, linguistic, academic, and mathematical rules flourished round him and a ways past. Alice in Space unearths the contexts in which the Alice books first lived, bringing again the zest to jokes misplaced through the years and poignancy to hidden references.

Gillian Beer explores Carroll’s paintings in the course of the speculative gaze of Alice, for whom no authority is unquestioned and every thing can communicate. Parody and Punch, evolutionary debates, philosophical dialogues, academic works for kids, math and common sense, manners and rituals, dream idea and early life studies—all fueled the fireworks. whereas a lot has been written approximately Carroll’s biography and his impact on children’s literature, Beer convincingly indicates him at play within the areas of Victorian cultural and highbrow existence, drawing on then-current controversies, examining prodigiously throughout many fields, and writing on a number of degrees to thrill both children and adults in diversified ways.

With a welcome blend of studying and lightness, Beer reminds us that Carroll’s books are primarily approximately interest, its dangers and pleasures. alongside the way in which, Alice in Space stocks Alice’s remarkable skill to spark interest in us, too.

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