7/20/18

Are you mad?


The pink and purple cat sees it all. Cheshire Cat observes it all from above. His eyes can remain at a site (sight) even after the rest of his body has moved on or morphed into his next manifestation.

Alice's Adventures under Ground [Original Cover]

"Lewis Carroll" is the pen name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, who, educated at Oxford, was a professor of mathematics and logic in mid-nineteenth century England. The famous author held a “fascination with mental derangement" and studied the "afflicted" with his uncle, who was secretary of the Lunacy Commission and was killed by an asylum patient.

The author’s stories, Alice's Adventures under Ground and Through the Looking Glass, are more than simple children's books. Carroll explores mental illness, time, space, and logic. The conservative professor elevates mid-nineteenth century children's literature into new realms. He satirizes English culture, twists the meaning of words, and sprinkles contradictions into a world of nonsense. Truly Looney!

For more than one hundred and fifty years, book reviewers and psychologists have been attempting to diagnose the mental states of Carroll's fictional characters.

"We're all mad here," is the most recognized quote from Carroll's underground. The famous or infamous phrase is the affirmation of Cheshire Cat, who also said, "I'm not crazy. My reality is just different from yours." The Cat indicted Alice, telling her, "You are also mad." Current psychology pundits diagnose Alice with schizophrenia for talking to a disappearing cat and a hookah-smoking caterpillar.