Can We Love Lewis Carroll in a Post-#MeToo World?

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Can We Love Lewis Carroll in a Post-#MeToo World?

Illustration: Akshita Monga


he list of books that both children and adults can fully enjoy is pretty thin, and there are few better examples than Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland (published on this day in 1865) and Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871). Even as a child, though, the titular Alice was never my favourite character. (That honour is reserved for the Cheshire Cat.) As everything spins madly around her, Alice is a visitor from our mundane realm, helplessly buffeted by the wild winds of Wonderland and Looking-Glass.

Alice in Wonderland drinks from the bottle that says “Drink Me” and eats the cake that says “Eat Me”. In Through the Looking-Glass, she is dragged into a game of chess and ends up becoming a Queen entirely by accident. Naturally, there is no power or consequence that comes with this title.