I'm rereading Alice this week because I'm going to teach it in my first-year course this semester. What has struck me on this reading is not just the irrationality of the adult world from Alice's point of view, but its stupidity & ugliness. The main themes of the course are childhood & adulthood, chaos & order, authenticity & alienation. Before Wonderland, though, we are going to spend a few days with Blake's Songs of Innocence & Experience & Wordsworth's "Immortality Ode" & T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," which carries Wordsworth's poem to its logical conclusion. I'll then use Alice & Italo Calvino's The Baron in the Trees as a way into Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time & Nick Hornby's About a Boy. We'll conclude with Octavia Butler's The Parable of the Sower. Alice, though, is the pivot upon which the course will turn.