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Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy: Curiouser And Curiouser

(Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture #17)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  1,645 ratings  ·  82 reviews
The perfect companion to Lewis Carroll's classic book and director Tim Burton's March 2010 remake of Alice in Wonderland Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has fascinated children and adults alike for generations. Why does Lewis Carroll introduce us to such oddities as blue caterpillars who smoke hookahs, cats whose grins remain after their heads have faded away, and a White ...more
Paperback, 211 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by John Wiley & Sons (first published January 26th 2009)
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Mar 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
This collection of essays is a fantastic addition to any "Alice in Wonderland" fan's collection. These are scholarly essays, and even though they are easy to read, don't expect fluff stories that were thrown together to feed off of the recent Tim Burton movie release. These are highly researched and well thought out studies of the original book.

Some of the essays, I loved and would give 5+ stars to, but my rating is for the book as a whole, which did sometimes seem repetitive. The book is
Feb 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: philosophy
A truly one star book. Not because I didn't like it (I didn't like it, not one bit) but because the book is just bad.
This book has nothing to do with the philosophy of Alice in wonderland. It is basically using the story to talk about philosophy and the topics are truly boring, they have nothing new or in depth to offer. And somehow in the process of writing these dull articles, the writers have managed to ruin the beauty and mystic of this wonderful book.
This has been a very disappointing
So unbearably inane. This book felt to me as though all it did was laboriously, and with a large number of pop-culture references, explain each crystalline, brilliant joke in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass until their luster faded. I admit to reading it quickly after a certain point, skimming because I didn't want its mindlessness to detract from the delicate perfection of the original books, which I love beyond belief. Literary criticism of Lewis Carroll is dubious at the best of ...more
Feb 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Reading philosophy and literary theory related to books I've already read is like being given a key. I feel like I've unlocked some secrets within the text and have been given a better view of what deeper meanings Alice In Wonderland may contain.
Read the rest of my review here
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
I'm afraid I lemmed this at page 67. Not enough of the original text in the essays. None of the topics gave me fun thoughts to think about. Just not what I was looking for in this and I don't want to waste any more time on it.
Lucy ❁♡ ★
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This collection of scholarly essays was an absolute pleasure to read.

I was given this delightful little book off of my favourite auntie for my birthday last week and was absolutely ecstatic as I am a huge fan of the Alice stories. Utterly obsessed, really.

The entire book was incredibly intriguing and I found it so amazingly unique. I spent the day annotating it also, challenging myself to expand my knowledge and even add my own sociological and psychological perspectives into the philosophy.

Anita Dalton
Overall, this book was a disappointment to me, and that may be a user problem, I am ready to admit. I wanted this book to explain the philosophy of Alice in Wonderland. Several articles used Alice in Wonderland to explain philosophy, and if that seems like a fine distinction, it really isn’t. The former explores philosophical points in the book. The latter uses book elements to illustrate philosophical points. You can do the latter with anything. I could, if I tried long enough, find a way to ...more
Freda Mans-Labianca
Jul 03, 2010 rated it did not like it
I was so excited to read this book, because I had seen Alice in Wonderland or read the book many times and was a fan. After completing the book, I am left feeling like I wish I hadn't read it. It took away the fantasy and fun from what I had already known.
Growing up Alice is an iconic idol, for little girls all over the world. My childhood was no different. We didn't wonder what drugs the writer was on to get the story, we only cared about the content.
This book for me was over-burdened with
Aug 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
This book came out right around the time the newest 'Alice in Wonderland' movie came out, I doubt a coincidence but it is still a welcome book. This book is a collection of stories, or essays if you will because of the non-fiction pieces, the delve into the minute details of the well loved story, 'Alice in Wonderland'.

The essays are each vastly different all taking on elements of the original story and giving different insights, historical facts, and other various tidbits. After reading this
Ali Nazifpour
Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
In this series in general, sometimes it seems that the essays look at the book in the question only as an excuse to talk about something only loosely connected to the work. However, they're always educative and interesting essays and occasionally provide an interesting new perspective on the books as well.
Jun 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Liked this overall, but definitely enjoyed some essays more than others.
Rhian Daniel
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
For someone who adored the 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Through the Looking Glass' adventures from a young age, I was delighted when I discovered this book. It provides a catalogue of interesting interpretations and understandings of the stories which have enchanted children for many years. Each of the authors took slightly different approaches, some seeking to expose philosophical theories within Alice, others using Alice to explain philosophical ideas. In this way, it is an engaging and ...more
Sep 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-english
My math explained:

- Unruly Alice (5*)
- Jam Yesterday, Jam Tomorrow, but Never Jam Today (4*)
- Nuclear Strategies in Wonderland (1*)
- You're Nothing but a Pack of Cards (3*)
- Six impossible Things before breakfast (4*)
- Reasoning Down the Rabbit Hole (4*)
- Three Ways of Getting It Wrong (4*)
- Is There Such a Thing as a Language? (2*)
- Alice, Perception, and Reality (3*)
- How Deep Does the Rabbit Hole Go? (1*)
- Perspectivism and Tragedy (1*)
- Wishing It Were some other Time (2*)
- Serious Nonsense
Dec 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
This book is just a feminist agenda using the AIW story to advance it's biased and zealous views.

From p. 12: "Alice's line 'little girls eat eggs quite as much as serpents do,' even resonates with today's pro-life/pro-choice discussion"
Natalia Ahmed
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fascinating read! A compilation of short essays, discussing Alice in Wonderland through different lenses - studying the use of memory, of different realities (influenced by drugs), and even studying the concept of time- the way we experience it and the way Alice experiences it.
Jayshree Salian
Aug 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Wasn't exactly what I expected it to be, a nice feminist take at the book though.
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this. I really did. However, it wasn't for me.
Alyssa May
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for Alice in Wonderland fans. This book reminds me of Alice in Zombieland
Apr 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teens through adult
I was excited to finally hold this book in my hands. I adored "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" as a child, so this book would be one that would explain those strange things that I didn't get way back then. I opened the book and this chill went through me. I thought: gosh, these are essays and I didn't have much for philosophy in college. Maybe this was above my head. I put the book aside, and read a nice fun fiction book and then came back to it again. I decided it was now or never, so I ...more
May 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy gives readers an in-depth and academic look into the world of Alice in Wonderland. Journey deep into the rabbit hole to discover the lasting effects that Alice in Wonderland has had on our society and its pop culture.

Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy is broken down into four sections, which are then broken down further into essays. Each essay is written by various authors and professors who discuss topics from feminism to philosophy to even drug usage. You may
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Philosophy (as a discipline) and I have never really seen eye to eye. I've always found it rather boring, and I counted minutes until the class in high school finished. But when you mix it with beloved themes from pop culture, it gets so much more interesting.

Alice in Wonderland is a peculiar book, and one that is mistakenly considered a children's book, just because the main character is a 7-year-old girl. In Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy, a few, quite funny, and I should think, a tiny
Mar 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
We are all familiar with the story and movie of Alice in Wonderland but have you ever wondered how Alice’s adventures related to real life? Well you can get all your questions or curiosities answered in Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy: Curiouser and Curiouser.

This book is edited by two professors of philosophy but this book does not read like a boring college text book. All the different characters and situations Alice encountered while in Wonderland is dissected and broken out into mini
Apr 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
My review from my blog:[return][return]Alice In Wonderland and Philosophy is a rather enlightening read about lessons that can be learned through the various characters and their actions in the novel Alice In Wonderland. While I had never looked this deeply into the meaning of Lewis Carol's delightful and fanciful tale before now, William Irwin and Richard Brian Davies decided to as a part of their Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series. So what can be learned? The book is laid out in four ...more
Mar 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2010
Taken from my blog.

I hadn't read anything like this so I was excited when I got the chance to read it!

It was very interesting to see how others took the story of Alice and thought of it in so many different ways. At some times they got me thinking in ways that I hadn't before and made me realize so many things. At times I had thought of the things that they said but at others they made me think of a whole different possibility.

Throughout the book many of the writers used terms that I may not
Kathy Willis
Jul 22, 2010 rated it liked it
This book continues to prove my point that I really think that Alice in Wonderland is more than a mere child's book. Yes the original is a fun fantasy story, but as any adult how has revisited it can attest there are some really bizarre and adult situations that take place in wonderland. Having just recently seen the newest screen version of Alice with Johnny Depp, I have seen how Tim Burton too has twisted the tale. This book has compiled a range of academics to view Alice as a tool to explain ...more
Haley Mathiot
Mar 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-bookshelf
Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy is a collection of essays by various contributors, many of which have contributed to other books in the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series. Many questions that went unasked are brought forth and argued, and many things that you never thought twice about are exposed.

I am a long-time Alice lover, having read and listened to the stories my whole life and played a part in the Disney-ballet. I love Carroll’s stories for what they are, and I see the beauty
Kanu Bhagwat
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Books on philosophy can be a tough read especially if you are trying to dissect the mind of the creator of one of you beloved stories.
This was more of a crash course on philosophy for me. It's been a long time since I have been trying to get a hold of a text that would enlighten me about some terms in and about philosophy.
If you are looking for a similar introduction to a curious world of philosophy you can give it a try, just for an education. It is hard for me to preach any philosophy, as
Sarah Crawford
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is part of the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series. I found it easier to read than a similar book on the logic in Alice in Wonderland and it is an interesting book. The different sections are written by different people and range from a feminist view of Alice in Wonderland on through the philosophy of memory.

It's obviously an academic book and, as such, will probably interest only the people who really delve into behind-the-words meanings and thinkings related to the story.
Mar 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: philosophy lovers, those seeking to deconstruct the Alice in Wonderland story
Recommended to Gmr by: FSB Associates
While a myriad of the magical aspects of the story are delved into, it was a bit too much for my liking. Some of the analogies drawn were more common in nature and highly entertaining not only to read, but to conside....such as the jam yesterday-jam tomorrow-but-never-jam-today situation. (Trust me, if you read this chapter, although you may have to be a bit related to the Mad Hatter to follow, it definitely rings true.) On the other side of the coin, another section deals with the nuclear ...more
Scarlett Sims
This is probably my favorite of the "Pop Culture and Philosophy" series I have read so far. It might be because the authors use topics that arise naturally in the source material (in some of the other volumes I have read, the connection to philosophy can seem like a bit of a stretch) or it might just be that some of the authors seem to really have a passion for Alice in Wonderland.

The essays are all very introductory and easy for even a beginner to understand. Some of them were rehashes of
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