Through the Looking Glass at PV
Children's Literature- Fall Semester- Mrs. Drakakis
What is the use of a book’, thought Alice,
‘without pictures or conversations?’
~Lewis Carroll~

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This unique course revisits in literature and film some of the most beloved children’s stories. Students will examine children’s books from the classic picture books, nursery rhymes, folktales, fables, myths and legends, to 21st century works. We will look at the way our world is changing from psychological, social, and historical perspectives through the lens of children’s literature. Snow White, Cinderella, Peter Pan, and Alice in Wonderland are subjects for analysis and discussion. In this course we are looking at children's literature in an academic setting. This involves more than just looking at picture books! As in any other English course, you will be required to read and write critically, research, analyze, and make multimedia presentations.
~Drakakis~ 9/11/'10


HELPFUL LINKSClassic Fairy Tales

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD (LRRH)
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Brothers Grimm version of Little Red Cap National Geographic brings 12 "unvarnished tales" by the Brothers Grimm based on a 1914 translation.
Brothers Grimm version of Little Red Cap (Little Red Riding Hood) This eBook is another excellent site on the story of Red Riding Hood as adapted by the Brothers Grimm.
Brothers Grimm homepage has background information about the Grimm Brothers and texts of their fairy tale versions
James Thurber's //The Little Girl and the Wolf// Known for his irony and wit, Thurber produced the satirical The Girl and the Wolf, one of the most remarkable versions of Little Red Riding Hood in his unique collection Fables for our Time (1940)Roald Dahl's //Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf// Read and listen to Roald Dahl's version of Little Red Riding Hood, 1982.Politically Correct Fairy Tales Read James Finn Garner's "Politically Correct Fairy Tales" re: Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and others.


Videos/AudioRoald Dahl's version of Little Red Riding Hood - 1982 Revolting Rhymes Youtube presentationRoald Dahl's Three Little Pigs from Revolting Rhymes -1982 Youtube PresentationShort bio on Roald Dahl and his most famous children's books/Youtube presentation


HELPFUL LINKS

Classic Fairy Tales

Snow White
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Read the Brothers Grimm version of Snow White Original classic version
Read Anne Sexton's Snow White Anne Sexton offers her modern and often controversial version

MORE LINKS

Criticism

Criticism/commentary on Brothers Grimm
Commentary on Roald Dahl with a special comment by Bruno Bettelheim concerning Dahl's works

SNOW WHITE AND MASS MEDIA PARODY

Mirror Mirror on the web, who is the fairest of them all? The video follows the Evil Queen surfing the web and exploring the Kingdom's best social media websites to win over the handsome Prince and get rid of the beautiful and fair Snow White.





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CINDERELLA
Read the Bros. Grimm version of //Cinderella// Interesting National Geographic site that includes "12 unvarnished" fairy tales based on a 1914 translation.

History of Cinderella Read a brief history of Cinderella as described by the SurLalune Fairy Tales
Various Illustrations of Cinderella noted by SurLalune Fairy Tales
Similar Tales Across Cultures as described in the SurLalune Fairy Tales
Modern Interpretations Also on the SurLalune Fairy Tale site which describes the story of Cinderella and its themes which have appeared in literature and other forms of art. This page provides a small discussion of some of the better known adaptations by authors and other artists. Included are links of the Cinderella theme to poetry, music, film, and theater sites.
Roald Dahl's Cinderella is a funny modern parody from his Revolting Rhymes

//Cinderella// by Anne Sexton Read Anne Sexton's feminist perspective on Cinderella
The Many Faces of Cinderella contains different cultural translations of the Cinderella tale.


VIDEO
Roald Dahl's Cinderella


MORE LINKS
Critical Lenses for Cinderella (TR).doc DISCUSSION ASSIGNMENT

CINDERELLA LITERARY CRITICISM

Historical/Cultural Perspectives
//The Many Faces of Cinderella// 700 known versions of the story. The Cinderella story and its history has been studied more than almost any other work. The different versions have been analyzed, categorized and commented on in many books and in articles on the internet. This site gives summaries of some of the most important and representative versions.

The Disney Spell
Domesticating Dreams in Walt Disney's, Cinderella by Naomi Wood examines 'how Disney uses his film Cinderella to “civilize” his viewers by presenting models of proper behavior while entertaining them...'
Beyond the Disney Spell by Jack Zipes
This article examines the contemporary status of the fairytale, as seen in the light of Jack Zipes's socio-historical/Marxist approach, according to which the existence of the genre is driven more than ever by the culture industry: the fairytale becomes another mass-mediated commodity. Zipes argues that given the vast technology and globalization of our world today, the culture industry has amassed so much power regarding the shaping and trasmission of art forms that it seeks to cast magic spells over viewers and readers as to diminish the original content/intent of traditional folk and fairy tales.

Modern Fragmented Tales
Jon Scieszka known for his fairy tale parodies is interviewed on this site.
Guy's Read by Scieszka

Fractured Fairy Tales as featured on Jay Ward's Rocky and Bullwinkle Show
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Fractured Fairy Tales as featured on Jay Ward's Rocky and Bullwinkle Show
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MODERN PARODY

GOODNIGHT iPAD by Ann Droyd is described on Youtube "as a wittty parody picture book for the gadget-crazy kid in all of us" It further notes, that GOODNIGHT iPAD is a "gentle reminder to power down at the end of the day. It will make you laugh, and it will also help you wrest yourself away from your gadgets and put yourself--and your machines--to sleep. Don't worry, though. Your gadgets will be waiting for you, fully charged, in the morning."
However, here's the rub: who is Ann Droyd???


CLASS PROJECT CLASS PROJECT CLASS PROJECT


TASK
Create Group Wiki Pages on one of these tales: Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Jack and the Beanstalk, Hansel and Gretel, or another favorite tale. See me for approval if you choose "other" tale.

CREATE A WIKI PAGE FOR YOUR RESPECTIVE TALES AND MAKE CERTAIN TO INCLUDE INFORMATION ON:
1. Original Fairy Tale Version
2. Similar Tales Across Cultures or Modern Interpretations
3. Fragmented Parodies and/or Politically Correct Adaptations
4. Disney and/or other Mass Media Interpretations
Your pages should also offer information about themes and explore gender issues, psychological criticism, socio-political controversy, and/or historical climate.

Each group is responsible for maintaining a wiki page with continued additions supporting your assigned topics. Wiki pages will be organized by Fonts, Font sizes, and Bullets –it is up to each group to create its own page.

WIKI additions should be CLASS APPROPRIATE and include:
  1. Web pages
  2. Articles
  3. Blog Posts
  4. Pictures
  5. Videos
  6. Podcasts/iTunes/iMovies/other
  7. Corresponding Criticism

USE of SCHOLARLY SOURCES (Refer to Library Handout)
  • Databases that include scholarly journals and trade magazines

LINKS
For each new link, put a small summary of the content along with a brief analysis on how it corresponds with your topic. Make certain to use your own words and MLA citation when appropriate. Verify that every link works properly.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
In addition to the main page, each group will create 4-5 discussion questions based upon their topic and post for class response. Focus on your topic and share interesting and unique knowledge.

GRADING
Each group wiki grade will consist of the following: 1) Overall wiki page organization – 20 points 2) At least 10 new appropriate links – 25 points (link, summary, and analysis) 3) Wiki Discussion Questions – 10 points. Refer to

INDIVIDUAL WORK
Individual Wiki Work will consist of your discussion response. You need to have multiple postings to one discussion question from another group. The goal is to create an online discussion for the various topics. Individual Wiki discussion responses will earn you an additional 10 points



SPRING 2013

2013 THE LITTLE MERMAID
2013 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
2013 ALADDIN
2013 SLEEPING BEAUTY
2013 JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
2013 ROBIN HOOD
2013 RAPUNZEL


FALL 2012
Aladdin
Pinocchio
THE LITTLE MERMAID FALL 2012
Robin Hood
Sleeping Beauty
The Lion King


Fall Semester Groups:
Beauty and the Beast
The Little Mermaid
Hansel and Gretel
Jack and the Beanstalk

Spring Semester Groups:
SS Beauty and the Beast
SS The Little Mermaid
//**SS Hansel and Gretel**//
//**SS Jack and the Beanstalk**//
Pinnochio
Rumpelstiltskin
SS Sleeping Beauty

SPRING SEMESTER 2012:
2012 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
2012 ALADDIN
2012 THE LITTLE MERMAID
2012 THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES
2012 ALICE IN WONDERLAND
2012 JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH
2012 ROBIN HOOD



PETER PAN

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Do you believe in the magical power of fairies? Or, in flights of fantasy? The famous Greek poet and Nobel Laureate, Odysseus Elytis, says, that "it is the absence of imagination that turns humans into invalids of reality..." Do older people, as one Los Angeles Times journalist put it, "suffer from the debilitating effects of Kryptonite" once they lose touch with their imagination? As we read Peter Pan, and gain entrance into Neverland, the boy who refuses to grow up beckons us to feel free and release our imagination!
~ Drakakis, 11/11/'10



The essay below on The Tinkerbell Syndrome indicates how this person's belief in the power of fairies has now made "a quiet declaration in being Magic"


The Tinkerbell Syndrome
I have grown up knowing that if I clap my hands and say “I Believe!” that any little sparkling fairy that might be in peril will suddenly recover herself and be back to sprinkling her fairy dust and making magic. I have believed in magic. I am a grown woman, I am a grandmother, and I still believe in magic….the magic of fairies, of fairy dust, of someone else making magical things happen for me.

What I have not believed in is myself, my magic. I have recently come to a point in life where believing in magic is not enough. I have come to an astounding realization that I must become the magic being. Instead of believing in magic I am ready to be magic!

It sounds like a technicality. What’s the big deal…the big difference? Believing in magic is pretty harmless…it gives hope. But what I’ve come to realize is that it keeps empowering someone other than me! I believe in a fairy so that she can sprinkle me with her magic dust and I can fly. I believe in Santa Claus so that he can make all of my Christmas wishes come true. I believe in a knight in shining armor so that I can feel safe and secure for the rest of my life. But I am always placing an important part of myself in someone else’s realm. They wield an enormous power in my life, yet they do not have a personal stake in the outcome. I do.

Have a personal stake in the outcome that is. Believing in magic or someone magical has been a way for me to avoid looking at the possibility that I am basically just ordinary and unmagical. When I look in the mirror I do not see a fairy or a beautiful princess, or a super model. I do not see a being that anyone would look to for magic. I would certainly not look to myself for magical outcomes. The image I see in the mirror has no unearthly powers. She is fearful, anxious, limited. I take a glance and know that I must certainly depend on something other than myself if I am to expect anything like a fairytale ending.

And so I try my best to live the fairy tale life, and hope for a little sparkly visitor to rescue me in the times that my imagination won’t chase away my gloom. It’s not working for me lately. I have not seen any fairies, except last week when I was watching Peter Pan with my grandson.

I have made a quiet declaration to be magic. Notice I say quiet declaration. I have a sense that most of my friends would deem me a bit daft to even hear me say it. “Be Magic? “they might say. “How are you going to do that? “ Well, truthfully, I’m not sure. But I’ve decided it’s important enough to give it my 100%. I’ll be reporting back to you. I have been teaching that you cannot outperform your self image. I have held the self image of a believer in magic long enough. I am ready to change that image to Being Magic.

Pat Hardesty
2/28/08
www.lifesuccessassociates.com/tinkerbell.doc



ARTICLES

Read these comments on NPR about the importance of magic

Read/listen to 100 Years of //Peter Pan//

GROUP WIKI PROJECTS ON PETER PAN


SPRING SEMESTER 2014


SPRING SEMESTER 2014 BACKGROUND ON J.M. BARRIE 1

SPRING SEMESTER 2014 BACKGROUND ON J.M. BARRIE 2


SPRING SEMESTER 2014 PETER PAN AND PETER PAN SYNDROME

SPRING SEMESTER 2014 PETER PAN AND PETER PAN SYNDROME B


SPRING SEMESTER 2014 WENDY DARLING AND WENDY SYNDROME


SPRING SEMESTER 2014 TINKER BELL

SPRING SEMESTER 2014 CAPTAIN HOOK

**SPRING SEMESTER 2014 THE LOST BOYS A**

SPRING SEMESTER 2014 THE LOST BOYS B

SPRING SEMESTER 2014 PARODY AND MAGIC
SPRING SEMESTER 2014 SIGNIFICANCE OF NEVERLAND




Fall Semester 2013


FALL SEMESTER 2013 BACKGROUND ON J.M. BARRIE

What was he like? Where did he grow up? Where did he get the idea for Peter Pan? What did people think of Peter Pan when it was first published? What other books did he write? Research J.M. Barrie's biography, his childhood, adulthood, education, chronology of publications of Peter Pan (the play); Peter Pan (the novel); discuss historical
climate during Barrie's time.

FALL SEMESTER 2013 PETER PAN AND PETER PAN SYNDROME
Explore the character of Peter Pan: What is the significance of Peter Pan's name? Who was the mythic god Pan in Greek mythology?
What is the Peter Pan Syndrome? Is it carefree boyhood? Is he the eternal adolescent? The rebel who consciously rejects the role of adulthood in conventional society because it has failed him?
Wants to escape from adult responsibilities? Or, does Peter represent the importance of holding on to one's imagination? Or, does his character reflect male anxiety at the end of the nineteenth century, when modernization was bringing about great changes in the family and workplace?

FALL SEMESTER 2013 TINKER BELL
Are all fairies innocent little pretty creatures with wings? Or can they also be mischievous and malicious?
Analyze Tinker Bell's personality in the story; give a background on fairies
Is there a Tinker Bell syndrome? What is it?
Analyze the essay by Pat Hardesty on our Wilki class page re: The Tinkerbell Syndrome
Comment on the NPR articles (also on our Wiki homepage)
Do YOU believe in fairies? Do YOU believe in the power of magic?
OPTIONAL: Write an original essay describing your belief in magic and place it on your wiki page.

FALL SEMESTER 2013 CAPTAIN HOOK
The best time and place in history to be a pirate was in the Caribbean from about 1560 to 1730.
Research background information on Captain Hook and the notorious pirate, Blackbeard.
Comment on the character of Captain Hook in Peter Pan. Discuss his relationship with Peter Pan.
Research films on pirates and comment on their portrayal of pirates (Hook, Pirates of the Carribean? other).
OPTIONAL:
Imagine that Captain Hook kept a diary or ship's log, found by the children after his death. Write some entries that Hook might have made.

FALL SEMESTER 2013 THE LOST BOYS
Explain who these boys represent and why they are called the "lost" boys?
Give a character analysis and explain their relationship with Peter and Wendy.

FALL SEMESTER 2013 WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF NEVERLAND?
Is it a utopian or dystopian world?
Compare other protagonists in children's stories who reject their societies to live in other realms.
Explore famous people/celebrities in our society today who reject their societies to live in other realms (e.g., Michael Jackson, etc.).









Spring Semester 2013

SPRING 2013 BACKGROUND ON J.M. BARRIE

What was he like? Where did he grow up? Where did he get the idea for Peter Pan? What did people think of Peter Pan when it was first published? What other books did he write? Research J.M. Barrie's biography, his childhood, adulthood, education, etc. Give a chronology of publications of Peter Pan (the play); Peter Pan (the novel); discuss historical climate during Barrie's time.

SPRING 2013 PETER PAN AND PETER PAN SYNDROME

What was he like? Where did he grow up? Where did he get the idea for Peter Pan? What did people think of Peter Pan when it was first published? What other books did he write? Research J.M. Barrie's biography, his childhood, adulthood, education, etc. Give a chronology of publications of Peter Pan (the play); Peter Pan (the novel); discuss historical climate during Barrie's time.

SPRING 2013 WENDY DARLING AND WENDY SYNDROME

Analyze Wendy's character in the story: describe her motherly role and her relationship with Peter and the boys; discuss gender roles; is this an adventure story for boys and girls?
How does Wendy learn about what it means to be a mother? What is the feminist perspective on Wendy?
What do we learn about mothers and fathers? Family?
Is there a Wendy syndrome? What is it?

SPRING 2013 TINKER BELL

Are all fairies innocent little pretty creatures with wings? Or, can they also be mischievous and malicious?
Analyze Tinker Bell's personality in the story; give a background on fairies
Is there a Tinker Bell Syndrome? What is it?
Analyze the essay by Pat Hardesty on our Wiki homepage regarding The Tinkerbell Syndrome
Comment on the NPR articles (also on our Wiki homepage).
Do YOU believe in fairies? Do you believe in the power of magic?
Optional: Write an original essay describing your belief in magic and place it on your wiki page.

SPRING 2013 CAPTAIN HOOK

The best time and place in history to be a pirate was in the Caribbean from about 1560 to 1730.
Research background information on Captain Hook and the notorious pirate, Blackbeard.
Comment on the character of Captain Hook in Peter Pan. Discuss his relationship with Peter Pan.
Research films on pirates and comment on their portrayal of pirates (Hook, Pirates of the Caribbean? other)
Optional: Imagine that Captain Hook kept a diary or ship's log, found by the children after his death. Write some entries that Hook might have made.

SPRING 2013 WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF NEVERLAND

Is it a utopian or dystopian world?
Compare other protagonists in children stories who reject their societies to live in other realms.
Explore famous people/celebrities in our society today who reject their societies to live in other realms (e.g., Michael Jackson, etc.)

SPRING 2013 CREATE A PARODY, FRAGMENTED TALE, OR POLITICALLY CORRECT TALE ON PETER PAN


Research other fragmented tales and then create one of your own for Peter Pan. Place script on your wiki page; videotape or act it out--or do both. Optional: Write some original poetry. Be creative and class appropriate.

SPRING 2013 ILLUSTRATIONS or COMIC LIFE


Locate illustrations on Peter Pan. What is the significance of the color green? Create an original script on one of the scenes by using Comic Life OPTIONAL: Draw or illustrate your own (see me on this).








Group Wiki Projects on Peter Pan
Fall Semester

**Group 1 Background on J.M. Barrie**
What was he like? Where did he grow up? Where did he get the idea for Peter Pan? What did people think of Peter Pan when it was first published? What other books did he write? Research J.M. Barrie's biography, his childhood, adulthood, education, etc. Give a chronology of publications of Peter Pan (the play); Peter Pan (the novel); discuss historical climate during Barrie's time.


**Group 2 Peter Pan and Peter Pan Syndrome and Peter Pan Illustrations or Comic Life**
Peter Pan Syndrome
Explore the character of Peter Pan: What is the significance of Peter Pan's name? Who was the mythic god "Pan" in Greek mythology?
What is the Peter Pan Syndrome? Is it carefree boyhood? Is he the eternal adolescent or the rebel who consciously rejects the role of adulthood in conventional society because it has failed him? Does he want to escape from adult responsibilities? Or, does Peter represent the importance of holding on to one's imagination? Or, does his character reflect male anxiety at the end of the nineteenth century, when modernization was bringing about great changes in the family and workplace?
Illustrations or Comic Life
Locate illustrations on Peter Pan. What is the significance of the color green?
Create an original script on one of the scenes by using Comic Life
Optional: Draw or illustrate your own (see me on this)

**Group 3 Wendy Darling and Wendy Syndrome**
Analyze Wendy's character in the story: describe her motherly role and her relationship with Peter and the boys; discuss gender roles; is this an adventure story for boys and girls?
How does Wendy learn about what it means to be a mother? What is the feminist perspective on Wendy?
What do we learn about mothers and fathers? Family?
Is there a Wendy syndrome? What is it?

**Group 4 Tinker Bell**
Are all fairies innocent little pretty creatures with wings? Or, can they also be mischievous and malicious?
Analyze Tinker Bell's personality in the story; give a background on fairies
Is there a Tinker Bell Syndrome? What is it?
Analyze the essay by Pat Hardesty on our Wiki homepage regarding The Tinkerbell Syndrome
Comment on the NPR articles (also on our Wiki homepage).
Do YOU believe in fairies? Do you believe in the power of magic?
Optional: Write an original essay describing your belief in magic and place it on your wiki page.

**Group 5 Captain Hook**
The best time and place in history to be a pirate was in the Caribbean from about 1560 to 1730.
Research background information on Captain Hook and the notorious pirate, Blackbeard.
Comment on the character of Captain Hook in Peter Pan. Discuss his relationship with Peter Pan.
Research films on pirates and comment on their portrayal of pirates (Hook, Pirates of the Caribbean? other)
Optional: Imagine that Captain Hook kept a diary or ship's log, found by the children after his death. Write some entries that Hook might have made.

**Group 6 What is the significance of Neverland?**
Is it a utopian or dystopian world?
Compare other protagonists in children stories who reject their societies to live in other realms.
Explore famous people/celebrities in our society today who reject their societies to live in other realms (e.g., Michael Jackson, etc.)


SPRING SEMESTER PETER PAN PROJECTS

SS Group 1 Illustrations and Comic Life
Locate illustrations on Peter Pan. What is the significance of the color green? Create an original script on one of the scenes by using Comic Life. Optional: Draw or illustrate your own (see me on this).
SS Group 5 Captain Hook

SS Group 2 - Background on J.M. Barrie
SS Group 3 - Peter Pan and Peter Pan Syndrome
SS Group 4 - Tinker Bell
SS Group 6 - The Lost Boys
SS Group 8 - What is the significance of Neverland?
SS Group 9 - Wendy Darling and Wendy Syndrome
SS. Group 10 Compare //Peter Pan,// the novel, to the Walt Disney adaptation.


2011 Group 1 - Background on J.M. Barrie
2011 Group 2 - Tinker Bell
2011 Group 3 - The Lost Boys
2011 Group 4 - Significance of Neverland
2011 Group 5 - PP Illustration
2011 Group 6 - Peter Pan Remix



2012 Group 1 - Background on J.M. Barrie
2012 Group 2 - Peter Pan and Peter Pan Syndrome
2012 Group 3 - Wendy Darling and Wendy Syndrome
2012 Group 4 - Captain Hook
2012 Group 5 - The Lost Boys
2012 Group 6 - Significance of Neverland
2012 Group 7 - Parody, fragmented tale, or politically tale on Peter Pan



FALL 2012

FALL 2012 GROUP 1 - BACKGROUND ON J.M. BARRIE
FALL 2012 GROUP 2 - PETER PAN AND PETER PAN SYNDROME
FALL 2012 GROUP 3 - TINKER BELL
FALL 2012 GROUP 4 - CAPTAIN HOOK
FALL 2012 GROUP 5 - THE LOST BOYS
FALL 2012 GROUP 6 - WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF NEVERLAND
FALL 2012 GROUP 7 - WENDY AND THE WENDY SYNDROME
FALL 2012 GROUP 8 - COMPARE PETER PAN, THE NOVEL, TO THE WALT DISNEY ADAPTATION







ALICE IN WONDERLAND






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Tim Burton's Mad Hatter and Queen of Hearts in ALICE IN WONDERLAND



ALICE IN WONDERLAND ONLINE E-TEXT

Read the e-text online Alice in Wonderland

Read the e-text of THE NURSERY ALICE This version was adapted later for nursery readers and includes Tenniel's illustrations. Compare this to the original Alice in Wonderland.


ILLUSTRATIONS

View John Tenniel's original illustrations for //Alice in Wonderland// and consider the visions of childhood presented in conjunction with the original story of Alice in Wonderland.
How does it compare to your impressions of the world of Alice in Wonderland?
Is this childhood as it appears to an adult or as children see it? Is it realistic? Is it fantastic? Is it sentimental?


POETRY

//Read Jabberwocky// by Lewis Carroll
Read Jabberwocky definitions
Read Carroll's/Dodgson's explanation of Jabberwocky
Read Carroll's Pronunciation Guide to //Jabberwocky//
Read Humpty Dumpty's Explanation of the //Jabberwocky//


Portmanteau List of Words is a list of "blended" words that Carroll used in Jabberwocky

Various Parodies
Jabbercandy is all about Halloween candy
Jerseywocky is about our very own Garden State!
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LEWIS CARROLL (pseudonym of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson)




ESSAYS AND OTHER ARTICLES ON ALICE

Read Joyce C. Oates' essay on //Alice on Wonderland// Oates talks about her childhood love for the Alice books.

Read about John Lennon's interest in //Alice in Wonderland//

Read Larry Rohter's film review in //The New York Times// on Tim Burton's, //Alice in Wonderland//
Rohter comments on how this updated Alice is world's apart from both the 1951 cartoon version and the original Victorian-era text.
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MUSIC

Read Bob Dylan's lyrics on Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum


SURREALIST ARTISTS

Lewis Carroll used the nonsense genre to comment on reality. Surrealist painters like Salvador Dali and Rene Magritte are also known for including absurd elements in their works.

Which elements in these paintings are as strange as the events in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland?
Are the painters expecting these impossible possibilities to occur, or are they telling us that the world is simply impossible to fully understand because it's not what is seems to be?


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Salvador Dali's Persistence of Memory









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Rene Magritte, Time Transfixed





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Magritte, The Son of Man

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VIDEOS


1951 Disney film of the Unbirthday Party in Alice in Wonderland


Jabberwocky from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland




FAMOUS CARICATURES


Flannery O'Connor, the famous writer, said that "distortion is often a way of leading people to see the truth." What distortions do each of these caricatures emphasize? What truth do these distortions lead you the viewer to find or think about?

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SOCRATIC SEMINAR QUESTIONS

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1. Is there deep meaning in "nonsense" poetry like Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss? What drives us to turn the nonsensical and surreal into something meaningful? View this link and reviews Watch youtube video.Is it meaningful or just entertainment?.
Dr Seuss, Green Eggs and Ham, Youtube

2. Is there really such a thing as "children's" literature? How might we read it as scholars, critics, and writers? How does it shape perceptions of gender, race, and class?
3. Why do authors interpret and re-interpret stories? Compare/contrast various versions of a classic tale?
4. When children's stories are adapted for the big screen, what is gained and what is lost in these adaptations?