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Alternative Alices: Visions and Revisions of Lewis Carroll's Alice Books :… (edition 1997)

by Carolyn Sigler, Lewis Carroll

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Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking Glass (1871) are among the most enduring works in the English language. In the decades following their publication, writers on both sides of the Atlantic produced no fewer than two hundred imitations, revisions, and parodies of Carroll's fantasies for children. Carolyn Sigler has gathered the most interesting and original of these responses to the Alice books, many of them long out of print. Produced between 1869 and 1930, these works trace the extraordinarily creative, and often critical, response of diverse writers. These w.… (more)
Title:Alternative Alices: Visions and Revisions of Lewis Carroll's Alice Books : An Anthology
Authors:Carolyn Sigler
Other authors:Lewis Carroll
Info:University Press of Kentucky (1997), Hardcover, 391 pages
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Tags:fairy tales and folklore, fairy tales retold, anthologies, fantasy, university press, kentucky, alice in wonderland, academic, re-interpretations, retellings, fairy tales folklore and mythology, children's literature, fiction, novels, imagined worlds, young adult, children's classics, victorian, bedroom library

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Excerpts from heirs and parodists of Alice from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; the intro suggests that Alice parodies declined after this in part because Alice was admitted to the canon, which doesn’t ring quite right to me; I suspect it’s more that parodies, in the twentieth century, regularly target more contemporary works. Anyway, Alice’s Adventures drew rewriting both for being insufficiently didactic and for being too restrictive in the imaginative possibilities for girls; the late period also features Alice used in political satires. Victorian women writers “reconstructed an image of Alice more appropriate to their beliefs about women’s cultural power and authority,” and women writers appropriated Alice “to free her from the restrictions of Carroll’s highly conservative narratives.” Moreover, “[t]he invocation of the popular and widely disseminated images of both alice and Lewis Carroll also provided one means for unknown female writers to authorize themselves in the growing literary marketplace of the late nineteenth century. In particular, these Alice revisions illustrate the transition—especially important in the emergence of women writers—from private to public discourse: the transformation of private occasional writing for a particular child to a public text for popular consumption.” ( )
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