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 very good worlds that proceed to thrill and hassle readers of every age this day. Few give some thought to, besides the fact that, that Carroll conceived his Alice books through the 1860s, a second of severe highbrow upheaval, as new clinical, linguistic, academic, and mathematical rules flourished round him and a ways 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 throughout 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 good judgment, manners and rituals, dream thought and youth studies—all fueled the fireworks. whereas a lot has been written approximately Carroll’s biography and his impact on children’s literature, Beer convincingly exhibits him at play within the areas of Victorian cultural and highbrow existence, drawing on then-current controversies, analyzing prodigiously throughout many fields, and writing on a number of degrees to thrill both children and adults in assorted ways.

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

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