Published on : 18 Jan 2019
Since Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was first published in 1865, the Mad Hatter’s famous riddle has drawn considerable speculation: why is a raven like a writing desk? The solution may lie in 19th-century memory culture, with its emphasis on safeguarding poetry and prose, word perfect, within the mind. When Alice attempts to read from memory, words tumble out of her mouth in strange configurations, distorting the sense of the original compositions. Yet Carroll took great pains to ensure that his own mental storehouse was better organised, relying on reading from memory as a vital, and perhaps even lifesaving, pastime.
Join Assistant Professor Katherine Wakely-Mulroney as she explores the practice of reading “off book” through the life of Lewis Carroll and his fictional creations.
Tuesday, 26 February 2019
7.00 pm – 8.30 pm
Level 5, Imagination and Possibility Rooms
National Library Building
Free admission. Please register via https://bit.ly/2ALh4CW
‘The history of the book and reading’ series explores the book as both a material and an imaginative object, as well as the rich range of encounters that are possible between reader and text.
This series is organised by the National Library, in collaboration with the School of Humanities, College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University.
Katherine Wakely-Mulroney is an Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technological University's School of Humanities, where she specialises in literature of the long 18th century and children’s literature.
Andrew Duffy is an Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technological University's Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information.