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"Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle!": The Faces of Alice in Wonderland

Introduction: Welcome to Wonderland!

Sir John Tenniel
Sir John Tenniel

"...I Was A Different Person Then...."

Identity is mutable in the Alice books, as Alice is frequently mistaken for someone else or has her identity questioned. Even she wonders who she is sometimes: "Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle!"

This exhibit features images of Alice from artists all over the world, starting with Alice's original illustrator Sir John Tenniel. Alice may be a single little girl, but she wears many faces and many bodies. A variety of artists have interpreted Alice and Carroll's other characters in different styles, using different imagery, and with different themes and motivations. It's a particularly fitting situation for Alice, who repeatedly has her identity questioned (not least by herself) throughout the books.

The physical exhibit was on display on the first floor of Cushing Memorial Library & Archives during the month of August 2018. Items for the exhibit were drawn mainly from Cushing's Children's Collection, with a few taken from the Kelsey Illustrators Collection.

-Jeremy Brett and Wendy Mackey, Exhibit Curators