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

By Gillian Beer

In Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, Lewis Carroll created very good worlds that proceed to please and hassle readers of every age this present day. Few think of, even though, that Carroll conceived his Alice books through the 1860s, a second of extreme highbrow upheaval, as new clinical, linguistic, academic, and mathematical principles flourished round him and a long way past. Alice in Space unearths the contexts during 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 during 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 conception and youth studies—all fueled the fireworks. whereas a lot has been written approximately Carroll’s biography and his impression on children’s literature, Beer convincingly exhibits him at play within the areas of Victorian cultural and highbrow existence, drawing on then-current controversies, studying prodigiously throughout many fields, and writing on a number of degrees to delight both children and adults in diverse ways.

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

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