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151th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland!

Today it is exactly 151 years ago that the book “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” was published.

first-edition-replica-of-aaiwThe story arose at 4 July 1862, when Lewis Carroll (pen name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), was on a boat trip with a friend, Alice, and her sisters Lorina and Edith. Alice grew restless and begged Dodgson for a story “with lots of nonsense in it”. So started the famous tale, which was continued on further outings, and was later expanded for publication.

The book was first printed on 4 July 1865, exactly 3 years after the famous boat trip, but this printing was rejected by Lewis Carroll and John Tenniel. The new publishing date was set on 18 November 1865.

 

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Call for papers: “Say What You Mean, and Mean What You Say” conference

You are invited by the University of Mons (Belgium) to submit a proposal for their Alice in Wonderland conference “Say What You Mean, and Mean What You Say”.

The English Department and the Dean’s Service of the Faculty of Translation and Interpretation of the University of Mons (Belgium) are organizing a conference on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It is called “Say What You Mean, and Mean What You Say” and to be held on 19 to 21 April 2017.

The conference seeks to explore the ins and outs of Alice’s adventures, whether they be in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass or in her afterlife.

The conference is organised around the following main areas of inquiry:

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Lecture: “It’s Wrong from Beginning to End”

On Friday 18 November, in London (UK), Brian Sibley and David Weeks entertain us by speaking about Lewis Carroll’s literary parodies on (in his time) well-known moral and improving texts.

The speakers will present many examples of his parodies, to demonstrate the influence of Isaac Watts and other writers of moral and improving texts on the young Charles Dodgson. They will show how he lampooned them, first in his juvenile writings (such as ‘Useful and Instructive Poetry’), and later in the pages of ‘Wonderland’ and ‘Through the Looking Glass’. Aas a result, his parodies have outlived their once distinguished, but now largely forgotten, originals.

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Lecture: On Going Out Altogether – Carroll’s and Other Children

On 29 July, the Lewis Carroll Society organises a lecture in London (UK) called ‘On Going Out Altogether: Carroll’s and Other Children’.

Professor Jan B Gordon explores (“with a plea for audience participation”) why Alice’s fears of her total disappearance are totally justified, given “childhood” and its dangers in 19th century literature. And, along with the flickering in and out of Alice, will be considered such puzzles as a Cheshire Cat that appears and disappears and food both that is both simultaneously there and not there at a tea table.

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154th Anniversary of Alice in Wonderland

Today it is exactly 154 years ago that Lewis Carroll made up the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ story!

The White Rabbit blowing his trumpetThe story arose at 4 July 1862, when Lewis Carroll (pen name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), was on a boat trip with a friend, Alice, and her sisters Lorina and Edith. Alice grew restless and begged Dodgson for a story “with lots of nonsense in it”. So started the famous tale, which was continued on further outings, and was later expanded for publication.

Exactly three years later, on 4 July 1865, the first edition of the book was printed.

Read more about the origins of the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ story

Alice’s Day in Oxford 2016

“Alice’s Day” is an annual event in Oxford, UK, to celebrate the publication of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”. This year the event will be held on July 2.

On Alice’s Day, all kinds of Alice in Wonderland themed activities and events are being organized in the city. This includes tea-parties, games, storytelling, talks (from a.o. the Lewis Carroll Society), walks, live music and more. Most events are free of charge!

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