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By Sherry Ackerman

at the back of the taking a look Glass bargains a clean standpoint within the ongoing, modern deconstruction of the Carroll fantasy. via rigorous exam of various myths which were hitherto unquestioned, Ackerman skillfully positions Lewis Carroll within the theological and philosophical contexts of his time. She uncovers a Carroll whose radical religio-philosophical counter-response to patriarchal materialism moved his highbrow trip, deliberately or in a different way, deep into the waters of mysticism. clone of Carroll as a dreary Victorian conservative supplies solution to that of a guy with extensive highbrow parameters, an inquiring brain and impressive, far-sighted vision.

Behind the having a look Glass demonstrates how 19th century currents of spiritualism, theosophy and occult philosophy co-mingled with Carroll s curiosity in revived Platonism and Neoplatonism, showcasing the Alice and Sylvie and Bruno books as distinctive issues of conjunction among Carroll s mind and spirituality. The scholarship during this paintings, whereas rigorous, is softly combined with the type of educational frivolity that Carroll himself may need loved. Ackerman exposes a Carroll who, having misplaced trust within the theological and mythological grasp plots of previous eras, grew to become towards the inventive fiction of wonderlands rife with philosophical content material according to his instinctive starvation for cosmic coherence and existential order.

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