Absurdism and Logical Positivism in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There


  • Caroline Maina University of the Western Cape


The focus of this essay is a careful examination of Absurdism in Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’. There will be additional focus on some of his poetry, his lifelong vocation as a mathematician and its influence in his writing. This essay will also include a discussion on the philosophy of language, logical positivism, mathematical absurdity, and the influx state of the in between.

Author Biography

Caroline Maina, University of the Western Cape

Caroline Maina is an MA academic in the English Department. Her areas of interest are Science Fiction, African/African-American Science Fiction and Slave narratives, Other subjectivities in cross-cultural Media (African/ African American Hip Hop music and media, KPop, Chicana), Modernism, Absurdism and Mathematics and Rhetorical devices in literature. When she isn’t busy trying to make a dent in her never-ending TBR pile, she can be found lurking on forums, crying over fandoms, and trying to perfect her handstand.