The Looking Glass : New Perspectives on Children's Literature, Vol 15, No 2 (2011)

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Curiouser and Curiouser: An exploration of surrealism in two illustrators of Lewis Carroll’s Alice

Siri Hiltz

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Growing, shrinking, white knights and caucus races, infants, piglets and games of croquet; the magical and confusing world that Alice falls into fits snugly within the surrealist dream. Lewis Carroll’s fantastic tale of a young girl immersed in a dream world epitomizes many of the goals and ideals of the surrealist movement.

This article compares the illustrations of Carroll's story by John Tenniel and by Salvador Dali, examining how the two styles might present the surrealist vision of the story.

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The Looking Glass: new perspectives on children's literature

ISBN 1551-5680