Friday, March 7, 2014

Displaced Female Colonist Loses Direction

The Poisonwood Bible and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland both tell the stories of white females from ordered, conservative backgrounds who find themselves adrift in a foreign land and struggle to maintain their previous faith and sense of reality as the customs of the new land disorients and strips them of their basic foundation. Both of these texts feature aspects of post-colonialism and even reverse post-colonialism. Both texts also tell the stories of women who struggle against the didacticism of the patriarchy of their homeland. I would argue that Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, though normally considered to be a Victorian text, has many aspects in common with post-modernist texts in the sense that it fights against didacticism.

I plan on circulating this thesis statement on Facebook.


  1. It sounds like a very sophisticated argument that can be supported pretty well. Your thesis is specific and to the point which works very well. Keep it up!

  2. You might wish to hold off on some of the more advanced concepts at first so that you don't lose the attention of those from whom you're seeking initial, casual feedback. On the other hand, if all your friends know this language of analysis, then go for it!

  3. My thesis is sort of similar to yours in the way we both argue that the new land disorients them and leaves them searching for a new foundation. Your focus seems to be based more in feminism and I think I would like to try that angle, although I am still trying to figure it out. I think you make a valid argument that Alice tries to fight against the socially accepted norms of her time, something that we see very prominently in post-modernism. I'm interested to see where your thesis leads.