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By Sherry Ackerman

ISBN-10: 1847184863

ISBN-13: 9781847184863

at the back of the taking a look Glass deals a clean viewpoint within the ongoing, modern deconstruction of the Carroll fable. 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. just like Carroll as a dreary Victorian conservative offers solution to that of a guy with large highbrow parameters, an inquiring brain and ambitious, 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 detailed 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 past eras, became towards the creative fiction of wonderlands rife with philosophical content material in keeping with his instinctive starvation for cosmic coherence and existential order.

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