CFP: Revising Alice

Edited Volume
Anna Backman Rogers (University of Gothenburg, Sweden) and Houman Sadri (University of South-Eastern Norway)
Stichtag: 17.04.2023

Since their publication in 1865 and 1871 respectively, Lewis Carroll’s Alice novels have inspired a wealth of academic and artistic interpretations and re-interpretations. Refreshingly free of the didactic tone that had dominated much of the literature ostensibly aimed at children, the Alice books simultaneously offered an experience of delight and anarchy to successive generations of readers. In this edited monograph, we aim to present contemporary and fresh takes on Alice and her adventures, with an emphasis on intertextual reference and multimodal presentation. We as co-editors of this project come from literary and aesthetic disciplines and, as such, we are open to hybrid approaches to the material. Possible topics can include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Reinterpretations: Re-reading Alice through a contemporary lens.
  • Adaptation and Multimodality: Films, Theatre, Television, Games, Advertising, Comics and Graphic Novels.
  • Daughters of Alice and New Wonderlands: Alice’s legacy.
  • Queering/Transing Alice
  • Alice as Trope or Archetype: Origins, Genre, Alice on the psychoanalytic couch.
  • Curation: Exhibiting Alice, Alice as a Cabinet of Curiosities.

The editors themselves intend to focus on Jonathan Miller’s adaptation of Alice (1966) from a Lacanian perspective, and Alice’s influence on modern Fantasy texts aimed at a YA audience, so we recommend that potential authors bear this in mind.

We welcome proposals of 500 words with short bios of the author all sent in one document. The deadline for submission is April 17th, 2023.  We have interest already from an academic publisher for this project with a view to publishing in early 2025. Please send proposals to