Monday, March 3, 2014

Welcome to Our Wonderland

We are among those at Brigham Young University studying literary criticism and exploring our favorite literary works in the process. In this blog you will find personal literary narratives, as well as the documented efforts by students to analyze and research works of literature so that we, and others, can better enjoy them.

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A Common Wonderland.
We have studied the works of Lewis Carroll, and this has given us a starting point as we now explore other literary works of personal interest. Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass have provided us practice in literary analysis and research. These works have also provided us some metaphors and starting points for discussing literature more broadly.

Going "Down the Rabbit Hole"
To "go down the rabbit hole" has become a phrase -- based on Alice going down the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland -- meaning to get lost in some strange new world. Well, the world of blogging (or of the internet more broadly) is certainly one of those rabbit holes. But the world of literary criticism or scholarship is another such world. It is all too possible to become disoriented among the multitude of writings and analysis given to literary works. How do we make sense of it all? How do we adjust how we talk about literature in our highly mediated present-day culture?

Starting with the Personal
We will keep ourselves from getting lost by staying oriented to the personal. We will not be afraid of claiming subjective interest in literary works we love. And we will not be afraid to share our personal stories of more objective forays into making sense of various wonderlands of literature.

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