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V. Pigulevskiy

Lewis Carroll’s fairy tale in the context of modern and postmodern

Lewis Carroll’s fairy tale “Alice in Wonderland” is seen as a model that anticipates the experiments of modernity and postmodernity. Unlike Romanticism, where experience dominates and stimulates the imagination, the universe is rationally constructed. A certain isolation allows us to interpret the tale as meta-romanticism. Irrational fragments of the text attracted surrealism. However, the surrealistic metaphors of the tale are also rationally constructed. Analysis of the text “Jabberwocky” allows us to interpret the tale as a meta-modern. In the course of the analysis, three problems are singled out – the psycholinguistics of paradox, the problem of translating linguistic puzzles, and the issue of illustrating nonsense. Visual distortion of space, expansion of consciousness, inversion of time, belief in the impossible appear as incentives for creative abilities. The problem of translation arises in connection with fictional characters, puns, irrational text “Jabberwocky”. Metaphors are formed not by emotional movements of the soul, but by rational linguistic constructions. Therefore, translation requires disassembly of verbal constructions. The problem of illustrating paradox, nonsense and word play is solved by using surrealistic techniques, plastic deformation, collages and hybrids. Fragments of the fairy tale appear as creative models of modernity and postmodernity, occupying the position of a meta-narrative.

Key words

fairy tale, text, nonsense, paradox, play on words, illustration, interpretation.

For citation

Pigulevskiy V. Lewis Carroll’s fairy tale in the context of modern and postmodern // South-Russian Musical Anthology. 2022. No. 2. Pp. 63-68.