Reading philosophy and literary theory related to books I’ve already read is like being given a key. I feel like I’ve unlocked some secrets within the text and have been given a better view of what deeper meanings Alice In Wonderland may contain.
Alice In Wonderland And Philosophy: Curiouser and Curiouser is comprised of four subject sections. Each section is divided into chapters/essays, all written by different authors, typically a professor. Despite each essay being written by academics, it was easy to read and I did not struggle through this.
My favorite essay in Alice In Wonderland And Philosophy: Curiouser And Curiouser was Unruly Alice: A Feminist View of Some Adventures in Wonderland by Megan S. Lloyd which, obviously was a feminist reading of Alice In Wonderland. My inner-feminist loved the portrayal of Alice as a strong girl who knows what she wants, thinks for herself, is inquistive and who is often not well-behaved.
The topics discussed in Alice In Wonderland And Philosophy run the gamut from procrastination to definitions of reality to time perception to Spice World. This was such a cool and smart way to look at a book. I definitely want to pick up the Harry Potter book of the Blackwell series now as well as the The Simpsons book, since I would love to see these takes on pop culture.
Here’s a few quotes that spoke to me:
“Indeed, Alice eats and drinks what she sees, intrudes, barges in, takes her seat at the tea party uninvited, hears a squeaking pencil from one juror and takes it from him, uses her intellect to solve problems, and frequently speaks her mind–everything young women should do.” pg. 9
Preach it, sista.
“Alice’s sister longs for a similar experience, and muses about how these strange tales relieve us from the boredom and dullness of our everyday existence. They brighten the ordinary with excitement and allow us to transcend the commonplace, at least for a while.”
And isn’t that why we all read books? To transcend the commonplace? I think that will be my new excuse when my nose is in a book.
Disclosure: I received this book for review via FSB Associates.