McAra, Catriona (2011) Surrealism’s Curiosity: Lewis Carroll and the Femme-Enfant. Papers of Surrealism (9). pp. 1-25. ISSN 1750-1954

This paper concerns surrealist artists' and writers' appropriation of Lewis Carroll. Predominantly focusing on the work of Dorothea Tanning and Max Ernst, it suggests that Carroll's work appealed to the surrealists' fascination with their childhood selves, and their wish to identify with the curious character of Alice as femme-enfant as a way of subverting their bourgeois family backgrounds. Whether stepping Through the Looking Glass or breaking the rules in Wonderland, Alice can be read as a transgressive character apt for surrealist appropriation. The paper traces Carroll's reception in the surrealist movement, and articulates the curious character of the surrealist femme-enfant in order to reinscribe her epistemophilia in line with surrealism's orientation towards research.

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