Which is to Be Master: How Lewis Carroll Empowered Children to Think Critically about the World through Literature
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"Which is to Be Master..." is a critical literary SIP divided in three sections. The first section is a brief history of children's literature just until the end of the 1800s, when the end of the genre's "Golden Age" occurred. The section also highlights changing trends in the philosophy of children's literature and its purpose. The second section is a biography of Lewis Carroll, emphasizing his deep connection for words and word play. It includes his childhood and career at Oxford University as a don, and describes his career as an author. The final section is an in-depth textual analysis of Carroll's books: Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. In these books, Carroll helps children view the world from a new perspective, using different tactics to break down the way that children (and society at large) view themselves. This section is broken down by these identified tactics: the use of nonsense to break down societal norms; debunking authority figures; and using games, and especially word play, as tools for understanding the world.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email email@example.com to request access to this SIP.