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Title Alice’s Apprenticeship as Storyteller
Author(s) Sundmark, Björn
Date 2015
English abstract
The presenter poses the argument that the Alice books by Lewis Carroll can be seen as Alice’s apprenticeship as a storyteller. By extension, it provides a model of how language play and narratives always work towards recruiting listeners, readers and spectators to become re-tellers and story-makers themselves. Alice recites and listens to verses and songs, she makes sense of what she experiences during her adventures, she engages in verbal dueling and wordplay, and she learns to accept and invite the fantastic without losing herself. At the close of Alice in Wonderland she even recounts her dream-story to her sister, in turn making the sister recall fragments of the story. Thus, we see already in the frame story the invitation to readers/listeners/critics to perpetuate Alice’s adventures ad infinitum, a process, which in the end leads to Alice “escaping her narration” and turning her into an example of “written folklore.”
Publisher United States Board of Books for Young People
Host/Issue IBBY Breakout Sessions A&B;
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
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