The Political Creatures of Wonderland: John Tenniel's Punch Cartoons

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Tuesday, October 13, 2020 from 7:00pm - 7:30pm



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Event typeLecture/Discussion
SeriesRites of Reading: Elephant, Donkey, Bull Moose, and Others

Join Jan Susina, professor of English (Illinois State University) to learn about the political cartoons of John Tenniel, illustrator of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1866), and later political uses and references to the creatures of Wonderland.

This event is one in the series "Rites of Reading: Elephant, Donkey, Bull Moose, and Others," in the context of the Democracy & Debate theme semester. Guest speakers examine how animal stories — fable, folk tale, fantasy, picture and chapter book adventures — have shaped U.S. presidents and their children.

These online lectures offered by the Residential College are part of an upper-level writing requirement and are also available to the public.

Detail from “Up a Tree” with Lincoln depicted as a raccoon. By John Tenniel in Punch, or the London Charivari, 1862.


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