By Sherry L. Ackerman
Publish 12 months note: initially released in 2008
Behind the taking a look Glass bargains a clean standpoint 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. identical to Carroll as a dreary Victorian conservative supplies method to that of a guy with broad highbrow parameters, an inquiring brain and ambitious, far-sighted imaginative and prescient.
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, grew to become towards the ingenious fiction of wonderlands rife with philosophical content material in accordance with his instinctive starvation for cosmic coherence and existential order.
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