Monthly Archives: September 2013

Foundations of Social Darwinism

As we all know colonization was the lifeblood of Great Britain during the Victorian era.  They held a strong belied in social darwinist ideas such as “survival of the fittest” and felt it their duty as the dominant culture to … Continue reading

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Defined Through Difference

“Species cannot be readily defined, for they are not constituted by essential features, abilities, or forms,” writes Elizabeth Grosz (Grosz, 42).  The analysis by Grosz so starkly contrasts not only with the defining ideals of Victorian society, but with even … Continue reading

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Who breeds the best? Savages or Darwinians?

Charles Darwin writes with great authority in his scientific work, On the Origin of Species. Though his use of word choice and juxtaposition of references, Darwin presents himself not only as an expert, but also as a “superior” to non-European … Continue reading

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There Is No Law In Wonderland

Throughout Alice in Wonderland, the law is referenced. It is referenced in the tail shaped poem that we were talking about last class, but I thought it took an even more central role during the croquet match and then in … Continue reading

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The Fascination with Nonsense

In reading the second half of Alice I was struck by the ability of recitation—whether storytelling or poetry-regurgitation, for lack of a better word—to enforce certain beliefs. Throughout her “wonderful dream,” Alice relies on her inability to recite poetry she … Continue reading

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Imperialistic Alice

When Alice delves through the rabbit hole into Wonderland, she does more than simply explore the land and recount the area to the audience at home: she imposes the rules of her home onto those of the creatures she encounters, … Continue reading

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Alice’s Obsession with Rules

While reading the second half of this novel, there was one line that really stuck out more than the rest of the novel because of how self-aware it was. When she first meets the Gryphon and the Gryphon tells her … Continue reading

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Third time a charm…

This is the third time that I am studying ‘Alice in Wonderland’ as part of an English class at Georgetown. When I thought about what I want to blog about, I realized that I recalled most of this novel in … Continue reading

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Alice’s Rationalization

My favorite line of the second half of Alice in Wonderland came from Alice as she mediated a discussion between the Cheshire cat and the King. The King takes offense to the blithe cat, demanding that the cat stop staring … Continue reading

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Off With Her Head!

The Queen’s constant refrain of “Off with her head!” and “Off with his head!” really stuck with me from the second half of Alice. The characters live in constant fear of beheading, though the Gryphon acknowledges that the royal suite … Continue reading

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