This paper will trace some of the ways in which Lewis Carroll’s Alice Adventures in Wonderland (1865) was taken up with psychedelic and countercultural contexts during the 1960s. Using Jonathan Miller’s 1965 television adaptation as a starting point, it will focus on how the story’s portrayal of the heightened and altered perspectives of childhood and the natural world provided a fitting model for the countercultural pastoral, identifying a “mood” and set of thematic tropes that would inform several psychedelic films and records of the period.
Dr Sophia Satchell-Baeza is a writer, lecturer and occasional programmer. Her PhD thesis at King’s College London looked at British psychedelic films and light shows of the Long 1960s, and was supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. She is an Associate Lecturer at London College of Communication, and an Associate Research Fellow at the Cinema and Television History Research Institute at De Montford University, Leicester. She teaches on a range of Film and Animation modules at King’s College London, London South Bank University and the University of Hertfordshire.
Friday 17 May 2019
Lewis Carroll and Guildford: Life at The Chestnuts and in Surrey
by Matt Pinches