Looking-Glass at 150: Reflecting on Lewis Carroll’s Second Alice Book | Thi

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150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass

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2021 marks the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, originally published in 1871. At once a continuation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and a significantly darker, more experimental work, Through the Looking-Glass combines the fixedness of a chess match with the fluidity of a dream. But the most significant symbol of Carroll’s work is the looking-glass itself. We find the novel’s preoccupation with reflections in character doubles such as Tweedledum and Tweedledee and the Jabberwocky poem, which must be read through a mirror.

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How might we approach Carroll’s text as a reflection of his anxieties concerning childhood, aging, and memory? And how did other Victorian writers reflect the ‘Alice’ style in their own imitative children’s books? Join Assistant Professor Katherine Wakely-Mulroney on a journey through the strangely distorted worlds of Carroll’s writing and Victorian print culture

About the Series: Think Lit is a signature literary arts series that addresses contemporary topics in reading and literature for adults.

About the Speaker(s): Katherine Wakely-Mulroney is an Assistant Professor of English at Nanyang Technological University, where she specialises in British literature of the long eighteenth century and the history of children's literature.

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