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Alice's Adventures: Lewis Carroll in Popular Culture

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Will Brooker, author of Batman Unmasked and Using the Force, turns his attention to Lewis Carroll and Alice. He takes the reader through a fascinating and revealing tour of late 20th Century popular culture, following Alice and her creator wherever they go. Brooker reveals the ways in which this iconic character has been used and adapted, taking in cartoons, movies, comput ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 5th 2005 by Bloomsbury Academic (first published 2004)
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Sarah Crawford
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
The first chapter is about biographical information about Lewis Carroll including the boat trip that led to Alice in Wonderland. The matter of his censored diaries is discussed along with the belief by some people that he proposed marriage to 11-year-old Alice Liddell. The author shows how supposed evidence can be interpreted in various ways to either support the concept that he had a thing for young girls or that he didn't.
The second chapter is all about the issue of whether or not he was a pe
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Rachel
Sep 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this book, pop culture analyst Will Brooker takes the reader on a tour through the various manifestations of Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass in our current society ('a tour through the wonderland of..' was just too predictable a phrase). He's a wonderful tour guide, and the perfect combination of anthropologist and literary critic to write such a book. It's a thoughtful and engaging book, written with a real, tangible love for the source material, as well as a thoughtful sympath ...more
Catherine Siemann
This is a book I wish I'd written; I came across it originally when I was teaching a seminar on Lewis Carroll which included contemporary iterations of Alice and reacted with equal parts joy (wow! this!) and jealousy (he got there first). I'm absolutely glad it exists, as it's smart, thorough, and rigorous in its interrogations of not only various takes on Alice via illustration, sequel, film, etc., but also addresses the Carroll myth(s) thoroughly and intelligently.
Annabel
Definitely some interesting information about Carroll that would be an asset to anyone looking into his life and works, but not great as a stand-alone piece as a lot of fascinating points of interest are missing. The writing style is fine, but a bit dry and doesn't sound particularly academic. But worth reading, alongside other similar works.
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Dr. Will Brooker is a writer and academic, Professor of Film and Cultural Studies at Kingston University, England, and an author of several books of cultural studies dealing with elements of modern pop culture and fandom, specifically Batman, Star Wars and Alice in Wonderland
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