I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Alice In Wonderland And Philosophy by William Irwin
Published by John Wiley & Sons on 2009-12-21
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The perfect companion to Lewis Carroll's classic book and director Tim Burton's March 2010 remake of Alice in WonderlandAlice?s Adventures in Wonderland has fascinated children and adults alike for generations. Why does Lewis Carroll introduce us to such oddities as blue caterpillars who smoke hookahs, cats whose grins remain after their heads have faded away, and a White Queen who lives backwards and remembers forwards? Is it all just nonsense? Was Carroll under the influence? This book probes the deeper underlying meaning in the Alice books, and reveals a world rich with philosophical life lessons. Tapping into some of the greatest philosophical minds that ever lived?Aristotle, Hume, Hobbes, and Nietzsche?Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy explores life?s ultimate questions through the eyes of perhaps the most endearing heroine in all of literature. Looks at compelling issues such as perception and reality as well as how logic fares in a world of lunacy, the Mad Hatter, clocks, and temporal passageOffers new insights into favorite Alice in Wonderland characters and scenes, including the Mad Hatter and his tea party, the violent Queen of Hearts, and the grinning Cheshire CatAccessible and entertaining, Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy will enrich your experience of Alice's timeless adventures with new meaning and fun.
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.