A Case for Waking: Alice Liddell in Wonderland

liddellOn July 4, 1862, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (AKA Lewis Carroll) went on a rowing trip with Rev. Robinson Duckworth and Christ Church Dean Henry Liddell. On that “golden afternoon,” a story was told which would become known as “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” Famously, the story ends with Alice waking from a dream, indicating that all the fantastical events simply happened in her head. However, this lecture will examine the very strong possibility that those literary adventures were, in fact, the actual real-life adventures of a young Alice Liddell in fairyland, relayed by her to a disbelieving Carroll.

Professor Adeline Wakefield is a scholar and historian, focusing her studies on the often shrouded interaction of the worlds of the humans and the fae. There are gaps in The Wall, and the history you know may have gaps as well. Prof. Wakefield’s recent scholarly research has delved into the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and Charles Dodgson (often known as Lewis Carroll) and their previously-unknown links to the fairy world.