In the real world, this means turning down the awful aristocrat Hamish, despite the wishes of her family and an entire garden party gathered to witness her acceptance.
While Alice refuses to wear her corset, and prefers gazing at clouds to dancing quadrilles, she doesn’t know if she has the courage to assert her own wishes against such oppressive expectations. Here, Burton and Woolverton slip Alice into the role of the young boy (another impossible thing) in ‘Jabberwocky’, the nonsense poem included in .
(Just kidding, Honor Committee, I love nothing more than working in accordance with University regulations!
) My thesis adviser is Professor Claudia Johnson, who also happens to be one of the most preeminent scholars on Jane Austen in the world.
The dramatic pay-off at the end is pleasingly unexpected, however.
Having slain the Jabberwock and turned down Hamish, Alice announces that she will now take responsibility for her late father’s business.
I may also take up the English department on the critical-creative option and give the dramatic energy of the juvenilia some illustrated body. While working on a 75-80 page project is intimidating, junior year independent work helps build up to the project.
Last year, we completed a fall and a spring junior paper (JP), or little baby theses.
She has no memory of her childhood visit, and the fantastical characters debate among themselves whether she is in fact ‘the right Alice’.
But of course, really this is a question Alice herself must answer: can she remain the free spirit with the wild imagination that was encouraged by her late father, or must she ‘grow up’ and learn to conform to Victorian Britain’s expectations of a young woman of her social class?