Alice in Wonderland

4 April 2015
The following paper examines why Louis Carrol’s Alice in Wonderland has exercised such fascination for both adults and children.

This paper suggests that rather than subsuming the entire text to a specific kind of ideological reading, either psychoanalytic or literary, it is more interesting to view the text as a series of subversions of perceptual order.
Alice in Wonderland has been read, in different contexts, as a surrealist Freudian tale of a child’s growing awareness of her sexuality, a mathematical analysis of the concrete world, and simply a Disney-like fantasia of sight and sound. The author’s own obsessions with taking pictures of young girls in the context of his private life, coupled with his mathematical donship at Oxford University may have something to do with all of these theories. (Shulevitz The New York Times Book Review 31) Throughout the text, Alice believes she perceives one thing in a rational fashion than realizes she perceives another. Alice’s rationality and her rooting in the material world outside of wonderland, rather than any child-like removal she may exhibit from it are what form the contrasts that form the narrative, such as it exists, in the book.
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