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Alice in Wonderland
Transcript of Alice in Wonderland
Meaning in life?
The essential self? "the confusion created when the euphoria of living in a mass-produced fantasy world clashes with the need to retain one's own individuality or one's own desires while doing so" (Krause 53-54) ostmodern Madness P The world "masks the absence of a basic reality" so it "bears no relation to any reality" (Baudrillard 1560) Embrace Resist (Transcendent Signified) Illusion? The Burtonian Postmodern Mad Hero: "peering into the chaos in the hope of discerning a definite structure, distinguishing a centre; catching a glimpse of sense" (Bassil-Morozow 178) "insist[s] on his or her emotional or intellectual independence" (Bassil-Morozow ix)
"resists division" (Bassil-Morozow 178)
"oppos[es] the 'normalizing', unifying tendencies in society" (Bassil-Morozow 45)
"rediscover[s] the stabilising principle" (Bassil-Morozow 45)
"resurrect[s] 'God' " (Bassil-Morozow 45) as an individual who... Posthuman Wonderland Hyperreality Down the Rabbit Hole... Into a Postmodern Wonderland Destabilizing... Alice loses track of the real but the real exists. F l i c k e i n g Playing in the Rubble of Meaning... signifiers for dress Alice's Instability Centered on the Body "I've been shrunk, stretched, scratched and stuffed into a teapot!" ~Alice In Fashion A Return to the Renaissance Ideal The Alice: An Essential self In center stability Autonomous Reason... Socially Constructing an Illusion F r a m e n t g a t i o n A l i e n Postmodern Madness That bears no relation to reality... but is reality Freedom in Imagination Faith & Passion Overcoming Reason & Illusion Believing the Impossible The Madwoman Alice Rebelling against social norms The Heroic Ideal of the Ancient Greeks and Romans "It is through madness that the greatest good things have come to Greece." ~Plato "The belief in truth is precisely madness." ~Nietzsche Absolute Reality
Absolute Morality Tim Burton's Alice becomes a hero for youth today as she madly asserts her individuality and freedom to follow truth against oppressive social forces in a way that particularly illuminates the struggle of women today against the culture industry in a poststructuralist, posthuman world. "Do you think I've gone 'round the bend?" ~Alice
"I'm afraid so... you're mad. Bonkers... but I'll tell you a secret...
all of the best people are." ~Alice's father