2020-2021 WonderlandMain MenuIntroductionA Walk in East LAAbsorb EverythingAlice and Wonderland in Your RoomAlice's DreamscapeConfessions of an English Opium-DreamerCrippling WonderlandCube of WonderEight or Nine Wise Words about Letter WritingFlying Up the Rabbit HoleHearts DreamKnave of HeartsLa Nouvelle AliceLost in WonderNothing is ImpassablePhantasmagoriaRabbit HoleThe Bellow of BollycrookThe Chasing of the Lark: A Poem in Five FitsThe RenaissanceWe’re All Mad in MonochromeWhy, They're Only a Pack of Cards, After AllWish Way the Jabberwocky WentWonderland in SuburbiaWonderland Isn’t RealYarn Bombed AliceYour name’s Alice? Is that what you said?”: The Rescue of Wonderland’s Alice in Batman Comics
Like many other children, I grew up with the movies and picture books of Alice in the Wonderland. It never was a story that stood out when I was younger, as the deeper delicacies didn’t surface until I re-read Carroll’s works when I grew up. The intricacies of mental illnesses and the history and truth of his personality shed layers of light upon the story, albeit some not as pleasant as others.
As a Psychology enthusiast and as someone who is going to graduate school for Psychology, the mental illness aspect became the focal point of my Wonderland project. I immersed myself in the characters and wrote poems for each in their perspective, emphasizing the mental illness part of their personality. Something beautifully simple about fictional fantastical characters is that one trait can define their entire characterization - and with Lewis’ work in this particular story, most of them are characterized by their mental illnesses, their actions and behaviors rooting from their respective illnesses.
Before the pandemic fully hit, the Doheny library became a safe haven for me, as I sat in between book stacks on the 5th floor, letting the silence engulf me. It’s hard to find a moment of silence in such a vibrant school community, as I live so close to campus and engage in many organizations and activities. So I appreciated the strictness of the rules in the Archives and the calmness of the book stacks, and this project definitely kept me occupied enough to keep (somewhat) sane during the pandemic. Below are a couple of pictures of the initial process of me analyzing the book that I drew my project from: Annotated Alice.