The Lewis Carroll Society holds regular meetings throughout the year.

Non-members are welocme, but we request that you let us know if you wish to attend by contacting our Secretary (secretary@lewiscarrollsociety.org.uk)

 

8 April 2016:
'We're All Mad Here!: Lewis Carroll and Victorian Psychiatric Practice'
By Franziska Kohlt

Alice didn'€™t want to go among mad people, but still the Cheshire Cat sent her off to that famous mad tea-party. Drawing on Lewis Carroll's personal recollections from diaries and letters and examining his relationship with his uncle, Robert Wilfred Skeffington Lutwidge, a Commissioner in Lunacy, together with correspondences of the Lunacy Commission, Franziska Kohlt explores Carroll'€™s intellectual engagement with Victorian Psychiatry and reveals how characters such as Wonderland’s Hatter reveal parallels with popular contemporary imagery of insanity. This talk provide an opportunity to view Lewis Carroll'€™s familiar writings, outside the genre children'€™s literature, as part of the wider Victorian discourse of the sciences of the mind.

27 May 2016:
'Alice in 1932: Looking Back at the Lewis Carroll Centenary'
By Will Brooker

The 1932 centenary of Lewis Carroll's birth marks a key point in the way the author and his work were discussed, interpreted and understood. By 1932, the Alice books had been adapted to cinema, adopted into advertising and incorporated into a society very different from the 1860s Britain in which they were first published. Carroll, who died in 1898, was already considered a literary 'immortal', and his work was associated with a nostalgic past, yet he also remained within living memory, recalled by people who had known him when they were children: while the 'real Alice', Mrs Hargreaves, was still alive, an elderly lady enjoying a new celebrity. This talk, based on a study of hundreds of original documents from the period, examines what Lewis Carroll and Alice meant at the time.


29 July 2016
'On Going Out Altogether: Carroll's and Other Children'
Professor Jan B Gordon

Professor Jan B Gordon explores ("with a plea for audience participation") why Alice's fears of her total disappearance are totally justified, given "childhood" and its dangers in 19th century literature. And, along with the flickering in and out of Alice, will be considered such puzzles as a Cheshire Cat that appears and disappears and food both that is both simultaneously there and not there at a tea table.

Professor Emeritus at Tokyo University, Jan Gordon is the author of Gossip and Subversion in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction: Echo's Economies. His writings on Carroll include 'The Alice Books and the Metaphors of Victorian Childhood' in Aspects of Alice and 'From Victorian textbook to ready-made: Lewis Carroll and the black art' (with Edward Guiliano) in Soaring with the Dodo: Essays on Lewis Carroll's Life and Art

 

 22 September 2016

'Healing through the Looking-glass: Lewis Carroll and Homeopathy'
By Francis Treuherz

Francis has been in practice as a homeopath since 1984. He was for many years Hon Secretary of the Society of Homeopaths and Editor of their journal. He has written on homeopathy extensively and lectured about it all over the world. His private collection numbers more than 10,500 books on the subject, and a museum collection of portraits, busts, medals, phials, medicine cases and more. Lewis Carroll knew about homeopathy from childhood, as an adult, he used it to alleviate his own symptoms and those of his child friends, and he had many books on the subject in his library. An examination of this intriguing subject will shine a light on a side of Lewis Carroll not often examined.

Friday 14 October 2016

The Alice Sound: the wonders of Paul Rissmann's Wonderland Suite
Paul Rissmann and

Kiera Vaclavik

Composer Paul Rissmann and Carroll scholar Dr Kiera Vaclavik (Queen Mary University of London) will present the creative process behind the Wonderland Suite, which was premiered by the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican to sell-out crowds in November 2015. The work took as its point of departure Victorian parlour music based on the 'Alice' books, and the talk will provide a brief history of musical engagement with Carroll’s work. The speakers will also explore the fascinating soundscape of Wonderland. Best of all, there will be opportunities to listen to key parts of the new work, with commentary by the composer.

Friday 18 November 2016
Annual General Meeting
followed by "It's Wrong from Beginning to End": Lewis Carroll & the Poetry of Parody
Brian Sibley and David Weeks

An 'enlightening entertainment' in which Messrs Sibley and Weeks present many of the literary parodies of Lewis Carroll, demonstrating the influence of Isaac Watts and other writers of moral and improving texts on the young Charles Dodgson and showing how he lampooned them, first in his juvenile writings such as Useful and Instructive Poetry,and then, later, in the pages of Wonderland and Looking-glass with the result that the parodies have outlived their once-distinguished-but-now-largely-forgotten originals!


 Saturday 17 December2016
CHRISTMAS PARTY
"It's a great huge game of chess that's being played all over the world."

You are invited to an evening of feasting and fun set around the theme of Looking-glass chess. There will be plenty to eat and drink, entertainments, quizzes and raffles. The wearing of party costumes is optional“ but there will be prizes!



Friday 17 February 2017
Victoria Lambert "Lewis Carroll's Eastbourne: 'certainly a good seaside place
'"

Victoria Lambert of Heritage Eastbourne will be providing a glimpse of the Victorian seaside town that Lewis Carroll would have known from his many visits. Drawing on his diaries and correspondence - plus a little imagination - we will discover something of the sights he would have seen, the things he would have done, the experiences he would have had and the people he might have come across.


Friday 28 April 2017 

Dr Simon Hewitt 'What the Tortoise Said to Achilles'

Lewis Carroll's paper 'What the Tortoise Said to Achilles', raises a sceptical worry about our basic rules of reasoning that, seemingly, creates problems for our everyday and mathematical beliefs. Dr Simon Hewitt, a researcher at Leeds University with specialist interest in Metaphysics and Mind and Philosophy of Religion will introduce Carroll's paper and relate it to subsequent discussions in philosophy and the contemporary revival of interest amongst logicians. He will also (he tells us) 'hopefully have something to say about how we might get out of the worry towards which Carroll tempts us!'



The Eleventh Roger Lancelyn Green Memorial Lecture

OFF WITH HER HEAD!

Lewis Carroll and Violence

 

Professor Dame Gillian Beer

Friday 13 October 2017, 7.15pm (doors open 7.00pm)

The Art Workers' Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT

Professor Dame Gillian Beer will deliver the Eleventh Roger Lancelyn Green Memorial Lecture and consider the subject of violence in Lewis Carroll's Victorian childhood classic.

Lewis Carroll's worlds of the imagination are places of unexpectedly violent encounters: from the despotic Queen of Hearts terrorising Wonderland with threats of wholesale decapitation to those battling duos beyond the Looking-Glass, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the Lion and the Unicorn and the Red and White Knights.

The noted British literary critic and academic, Gillian Beer, whose book, Alice in Space: The Sideways Victorian World of Lewis Carroll, has recently been awarded the Truman Capote Prize for Literary Criticism,  is eminently placed to explore this topic within the context of Victorian literature and society.

Tickets: £10 from www.lewiscarrollsociety.org.uk/store/ or on the door

 

The Roger Lancelyn Green Memorial Lecture was inaugurated in 1988 by The Lewis Carroll Society to commemorate the work of the noted biographer and literary scholar, Roger Lancelyn Green, whose books include works on Lewis Carroll, J M Barrie, C S Lewis, Andrew Lang and Rudyard Kipling as well the seminal book on Children's Literature, Tellers of Tales and many books for young readers retelling classic myths and legends.

Past Roger Lancelyn Green Memorial Lecturers include Sir Jonathan Miller CBE, John Vernon Lord, Colin Ford CBE and Professor Morton N Cohen.

 

 


 


All events will be held in Gradidge Room (First Floor) at The Art Workers' Guild, 6 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AT 6:30 for 7pm

 

 

 

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