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Online lecture: Dialogue in the ‘Alice’ books

Coming May, professor Gillian Beer will give an online lecture and seminar about dialogue in Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’ books.

Gillian Beer is retired Professor of English at the University of Cambridge, and former president of Clare Hall. She published several books, among which “Alice in Space: The Sideways Victorian World of Lewis Carroll”.

Date: Saturday 28 May 2022
Time: 18.00 (British Summer Time) / 19.00 Central European Summer Time
Location: online
Price: £28 full price / £23 students and CAMcard holders
More information: https://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/book-online-study-sessions/alice-dialogue

Review: “Reflecting Alice. A Textual Commentary on Through the Looking-Glass”

The book “Reflecting Alice. A Textual Commentary on Through the Looking-Glass” is a follow-up to the book “Elucidating Alice. A Textual Commentary on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, written by Selwyn Goodacre. It provides insight into the quality of Carroll’s writing skills and the narrative structure of his story.

Reflecting Alice - coverAfter the book “Elucidating Alice. A Textual Commentary on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” was published, it left us eagerly looking forward to its sequel. We had to wait as long as Victorian readers had to wait for the sequel to Alice’s first adventures, because “Reflecting Alice. A Textual Commentary on Through the Looking-Glass” did not appear until December 2021 – presumably not coincidentally, exactly 150 years after the original book was published.

I only happened to find out about its availability in January. Perhaps the publication was not promoted much, or the book was published later than it states on its title page. (Which, by the way, would be very much in the style of Carroll’s original, which was published in December 1871, while the title page stated 1872 – and after all, it is a book about a mirror world.)

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Summer School: Lewis Carroll’s Oxford and the Surprising Histories of Alice’s Wonderland

The University of Oxford again organises a Summer School course about Lewis Carroll and his works. This year’s course is called “Lewis Carroll’s Oxford and the Surprising Histories of Alice’s Wonderland”

This one-week course is part of The Oxford Experience, a residential summer programme aimed at non-specialists.

The course will explore Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’ books, their origins in Oxford, its architecture, personalities, hidden histories and controversies. It will also cast a look beyond Oxford, to reimaginations in art and popular culture, science and politics, and take a look at the question of why Alice is still so fascinating to us.

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Exhibition: “Through the Looking-Glass”

This December, there is an exhibition at Eberhard Karls University (Germany) to celebrate the 150 anniversary of “Through the Looking-Glass and what Alice found there”.

The exhibition focuses on the origins of the ‘Alice’ books. There will be some exhibits on their development and further impact, and a facsimile of the original manuscript of “Alice’s Adventures under Ground” will be on display.

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Date: 1 December 2021 – 5 January 2022
Location:
Eberhard Karls University Library, Tübingen, Germany 
More information:
 https://uni-tuebingen.de/einrichtungen/universitaetsbibliothek/home/newsfullview-home/article/through-the-looking-glass/

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

On 14 November, the National Library Board of Singapore (NLB) organizes a talk in honour of the 150th anniversary of “Through the Looking-Glass and what Alice found there”. You can follow it online through Zoom.

Assistant Professor Katherine Wakely-Mulroney will discuss how we might approach Carroll’s story as a reflection of his anxieties concerning childhood, aging, and memory. She will also speak about how other Victorian writers reflected the ‘Alice’ style in their own imitative children’s books.

Note that you can only attend this event if you are a member of the National Library Board in Singapore. However, it looks like you can sign up for a myLibrary account for free, without actually having to purchase a library subscription.

Date: 14 November 2021
Time: 03:00 – 04:30 CET
Location: online (through Zoom)
Admission: free (after registration)
More details and registration: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/looking-glass-at-150-reflecting-on-lewis-carrolls-second-alice-book-thi-tickets-190393400787