APRIL 4, 11, 18, 25
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Fairy Tale? Romantic vision of an Edenic childhood? A paradise corrupted by adult sin? Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland presents a world in which everything, including Alice’s own body size, is in a state of flux. The essence of time and space is called into question, and Alice’s romantic notion of an idyllic garden of life turns out to be a parody: the roses are painted, the people are playing-cards, and the death-cry “Off with her head!” echoes throughout the croquet grounds.
Alice’s dream garden is a perfect example of Carroll’s paradoxical duality. Like Alice, he is possessed by a romantic vision of an Edenic childhood more desirable than his own fallen world, but it is a vision inevitably corrupted by adult sin and sexuality: Wonderland is not the promised land; rather, it stimulates the senses and the mind.
The Annotated Alice. The Definitive Edition, ISBN 978-0140289299