Dutch Lewis Carroll Society

Interest in Lewis Carroll and his works continues to grow!  New to me, but originally founded in the 1970s is the Dutch Lewis Carroll Society – Lewis Carroll Genootschap.

genootschapSince 1976 there has been a Dutch Lewis Carroll Society, named “Lewis Carroll Genootschap” (LCG). During the past 30 years, however, this society remained dormant, without any activities. Recently, two Dutch Carrollians, Bas Savenije and Casper Schuckink Kool, have initiated a revival of the society. The mission of the society is promoting contacts, primarily (but not exclusively) in The Netherlands and the Flanders area, between individuals and organisations, interested in the life and work of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll.

The LCG aims at providing a platform for everyone concerned with Lewis Carroll by distributing publications (whether print or on-line), exchanging information with sister-societies in the United Kingdom and the USA, organising exhibitions and presentations, publishing a newsletter, maintaining a website and convening a festive annual event.

Starting with a website (www.lewiscarrollgenootschap.nl, in Dutch), we are now trying to get in touch with others in the Dutch speaking region who are interested in Lewis Carroll. Since we aim to extend the activities outside this region, publications and other forms of communication will not only be in Dutch but also in English. An English version of the website will become available.

When there is sufficient interest, a festive revival meeting will be organised, with an attractive program and ample opportunity to discuss the society’s plans. Do you want to be informed about the plans and the revival meeting? Please make yourselves known to the following address: info@lewiscarrollgenootschap.nl.


Spring Meeting Videos Available!

For those of you who could not attend the amazing spring meeting at the University of Maryland this past April, fear not!  UMD graciously filmed all the talks and are now available for viewing on YouTube!  Relive the magic that is a bunch of Carrollians talking about Alice.

Fall Meeting Speakers Announced!

Our Fall meeting in New York is shaping up to be a great one!  We now have a confirmed slate of speakers, so make your plans now.  Meeting will be October 15, 2016 at NYU’s Fales Library.  Speakers will be:

  • Marvin Taylor and his colleague will speak about the exhibition they mounted in the Bobst as part of the Alice150 festivities, entitled “‘Go Ask Alice’: Alice, Wonderland, and Popular Culture.”
  • Monica Edinger and some of her students will give us a presentation about her use of Alice in her elementary classroom at the Dalton School.
  • Matt Demakos will speak about his research concerning The Walrus and the Carpenter.
  • Jan Susina will give a talk tentatively titled “Alice in the Academy: The Alice Books in the College Curriculum,” which should make for some robust conversation paired with Monica’s talk.
  • Dana Walrath will talk on her graphic novel Aliceheimers and her use of Alice in Wonderland in making sense of the world of Alzheimer’s.  You can see Dana’s TEDx talk here, and order her book here.

Article Debunking Several Bad Photo Forgeries

These days its seems that everyone wants to make creative photographic alterations to any number of subjects,  however far too often these creations take on a life of their own and through the internet version of the game of telephone become ‘real’.

Alan Beechey has recently posted an article on his blog that debunks several of the more blatant Carroll forgeries.  Take a peek and don’t believe everything you see on the internets.

Review of new Alice/Carroll Book “The Story of Alice”

The book The Story of Alice:  Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland has just been published in the UK, and will be available here in the US on June 1st – how typical 🙂  For those in the UK you can purchase it here now.

On March 22, the Guardian published an lengthy review of the book, posed several questions and posited several theories of its own.  I shall leave it to the reader to weigh the merits of any such comments in either the review or the book reviewed.  Needless to say, the reviewer calls it the best book on the subject.


Lewis Carroll’s Dream-child and Victorian Child Psychopathology

A new paper has been published by Stephanie L. Schatz, a research fellow at Purdue, and she has graciously provided us with a link to the paper.  Abstract below:

This essay reads Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) alongside influential mid-century Victorian psychology studies—paying special attention to those that Carroll owned—in order to trace the divergence of Carroll’s literary representations of the “dream child” from its prevailing medical association with mental illness. The goals of this study are threefold: to trace the medico-historical links between dream-states and childhood, to investigate the medical reasons behind the pathologization of dream-states, and to understand how Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland contributed to Victorian interpretations of the child’s mind.

Forbes Article on Alice Meets Nabokov & Dali

Quite a nice article in Forbes that discusses Anya in Wonderland by Nabokov under pseudonym, Dali, Steadman, and more at the Harry Ransom Center at UT Austin now through July 6th.  For those attending the Spring meeting you’ll get to visit up close and personal as this is where the meeting takes place!

Readers’ Review for Alice on The Diane Rehm Show

There was a discussion of Alice at 11am ET on February 25 on The Diane Rehm Show on NPR.  Special guests Rosemary Jann – professor of English at George Mason University, John Pfordrescher – professor of English at Georgetown University, and Lizzie Skurnick editor-in-chief Lizzie Skurnick Books.

Also be sure to check out the article on Alice in video on her show page.

French Radio Program About Carroll and his Mathematics & Photography

For the Francophone members, a new radio show about Carroll, photography, and mathematics by Patrick Roegiers and Jacques Roubaud.  Originally broadcast on January 2, 2015, this program is available until September 27, 2017 so hurry! If the embedded player doesn’t work, direct link here.

New Carroll Documentary on BBC Next Week

A new documentary by broadcaster and journalist Martha Kearney and featuring Morton Cohen will be broadcast on BBC 2 at 9 pm on Saturday, January 31.