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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Book review: Alice in Wonderland – an illustrated journey through time

Are you fond of Disney’s takes on the ‘Alice’ stories? Then you’ll certainly enjoy this heavily illustrated book by Mark Salisbury. It provides a ‘behind the scenes’ look, with photo’s and fun facts, for all of Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland related productions – from his ‘Alice comedies’ in the 1920’s, to his 1951 cartoon movie, to the more recently released live action movies directed by Tim Burton and James Bobin.

frontDisney Editions published this book in April 2016. I didn’t know it was coming out, or I’d have bought it sooner!

“Alice in Wonderland – an illustrated journey” by Mark Salisbury is a book about Walt Disney’s history with the Alice in Wonderland books. It starts with a short history of the books, and continues by telling us about how fond Walt Disney was of Carroll’s stories, how he strugled to start his own company, and how his career advanced.

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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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Revival of the Dutch Lewis Carroll Society

The Dutch Lewis Carroll society was established in 1976, but has been dormant for more than 30 years. However, two people have now taken the initiative to re-establish it!

The ‘Lewis Carroll Genootschap’, as it is called in Dutch, wants to facilitate contact between Dutch and Flemish people and organizations, who/that have an interest in the life and works of Lewis Carroll. It plans to spread publications and newsletters, exchange knowledge with other Lewis Carroll societies in the UK and US, organize exhibitions and lectures, and a festive or cultural annual meeting.

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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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