9780773520813

The Making of the Alice Books: Lewis Carroll's Uses of Earlier Children's Literature

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  • ISBN13:

    9780773520813

  • ISBN10:

    0773520813

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-04-01
  • Publisher: McGill Queens Univ Pr
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Summary

Analysing Lewis Carroll's Alice books in the context of children's literature from the seventeenth through the nineteenth century, Ronald Reichertz argues that Carroll's striking originality was the result of a fusion of his narrative imagination and formal and thematic features from earlier children's literature. Drawing examples from a wide range of children's literature Reichertz demonstrates that the Alice books are infused with conventions of and allusions to earlier works and identifies precursors of Carroll's upside-down, looking-glass, and dream vision worlds. Key passages from related books are reprinted in the appendices, making available many hard-to-find examples of early children's literature.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction: Carroll's Uses of ``Literature''
3(10)
Representative Specific Sources and Analogues
13(8)
The Battle between Religious, Moral, and Informational Didacticism and Imaginative Literature for Children
21(12)
``The World Turned Upside Down''
33(19)
The Looking-Glass Book
52(9)
Dream Vision: Carroll's Subsuming Form
61(18)
Appendices 79(156)
Notes 235(8)
Works Cited 243(6)
Index 249

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