by Christopher Tyler.
Cloth (with dust jacket): 170 pages. Over 100 colour illustrations. Glossary, timelines, annotated bibliography, index.
Paperback (colour): 144 pages. Over 100 colour illustrations. Bibliography, index.
Paperback (monochrome): 170 pages. Over 100 monochrome illustrations. Glossary, timelines, annotated bibliography, index.
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About the Book:One of the best-loved and most scrutinized texts after Shakespeare and the Bible is the brace of Alice books, Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass,
written for a pair of real Alices by the pseudonymous Lewis Carroll; it
would seem implausible that there is any aspect of them left
unexamined. Yet there is one large-scale motif running through the two
books that has essentially escaped critical attention - the pervasive
mediaeval theme. It is remarkable that there seem to have been no
previous suggestions for the sources of what is really the main context
of the Alice stories, the mediaeval temperament of many of the
characters. Much has been made of the Victorian underpinnings of the
tales, and they have been analyzed from an impressively diverse range of
perspectives. But, for some curious reason, the issue of the deep
historical sources of the story lines seems never to have been addressed
in the plethora of analyses of the works. How it could have escaped
scrutiny, given the prevalence of the mediaeval themes throughout both
texts, is difficult to understand, but the present treatment attempts to
correct this omission with an extended comparison of numerous aspects
of the sequences of events to those of the 12th century royal courts, in
About the Author: Christopher Tyler is an
English visual neuroscientist based in San Francisco with extensive
interests in the historical development of ideas. His scientific work is
focused on the understanding of the human perception of the third
dimension, but has ranged from the dynamics of color vision to the
diagnosis of medical disorders of the visual system. He stumbled onto
the issue of the parallel history of the Alice stories through an
investigation of the role of women in the European intellectual lineage,
such as the founding of universities.