Alice’s Adventures
in Wonderland


My publication responds to the Open | Close brief and considers how typography and form can engage an audience to create a radical reimagining of a narrative using its opening and closing chapters. My publication gives Lewis Carroll’s novel, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, a new life by exploring the fundamental limitations women and children faced during the late 19th Century. By creating a visual juxtaposition between Alice’s Victorian reality and the world of Wonderland, a figment of her imagination, it highlights a distinct tonal shift across the two chapters.

Originally published in 1865, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is well established in the literary canon, appealing to a universal audience by capturing curiosity, creativity and imagination. These are all aspects of childhood we all try to recapture in ourselves, irrespective of age and experience. Carroll strayed from the romanticised depiction of children in hid novel, by following Alice on a journey of freedom and exploration, he escapes the typical depiction of submissive and religious characterisations,

This publication is targeted towards an feminist young adult audience who connect with the narrative on a nostalgic wavelength. By exploring Alice’s entrapment between her two worlds,  the publication develops a critical feminist lens that enlightens the reader of the patriarchal values that governs Alice’s characterisation. Despite Alice’s irrepressible curiosity in awakening a sense of agency, there is an irony that this journey, one that is a catalyst for self-discovery, can only exist within the bounds of her imagination. These boundaries are shaped by a world still influenced by her perception of Victorian society, a world deeply ingrained in patriarchy. By exposing the contextual issues with the narrative, this publication creates an opportunity for the audience
to reflect and provoke thought into the changing social and gendered expectations of society today and into the future. Aims
to contribute to the critical conversation around feminist readings of children’s Victorian literature in accessible and unique form.