Young Austen clearly took delight in entertainment through language, a combination of the ridiculous and mundane fitted into writing that surprises, inverts tropes, and simultaneously mocks and loves fiction.
And that's the start of what I'll be exploring in my thesis!
I may also take up the English department on the critical-creative option and give the dramatic energy of the juvenilia some illustrated body. While working on a 75-80 page project is intimidating, junior year independent work helps build up to the project.
Last year, we completed a fall and a spring junior paper (JP), or little baby theses.
Alice must find the vorpal sword and slay the Jabberwock before she can return to the world and slay the dragon of an unwanted marriage.
The quest is enjoyable enough, with 3D effects adding to the impression that Alice is trapped in a computer game, and an impressive cast of gargoyle-like characters, including Helena Bonham-Carter as the huge-headed Red Queen and Johnny Depp as a tragic Mad Hatter.In the real world, this means turning down the awful aristocrat Hamish, despite the wishes of her family and an entire garden party gathered to witness her acceptance.While Alice refuses to wear her corset, and prefers gazing at clouds to dancing quadrilles, she doesn’t know if she has the courage to assert her own wishes against such oppressive expectations. Here, Burton and Woolverton slip Alice into the role of the young boy (another impossible thing) in ‘Jabberwocky’, the nonsense poem included in .In Lewis Carroll’s original , it is the White Queen who reprimands the exactly-seven-and-a-half-year-old Alice for not trying hard enough to believe that the queen is a hundred and one, five months, and a day.Now Alice has internalised the lesson that believing the impossible requires imaginative effort, and is challenged to act on it. The senior thesis is a culmination of research, thought, argument and writing developed over senior year, or earlier if you're really on top of it, and ultimately printed into your own beautiful hardbound book of knowledge, which is then archived somewhere in the annals of Princeton thought.The nature of the thesis varies per department, but all in all it's a well-renowned process of joy and fear, dread and discovery. To learn what I've decided to focus my English thesis on, come over to my Firestone Library Locker.But the moral is no less appealing for being predictable, and there are a few surprises and twists in the telling of the story.Significantly, screenwriter Linda Woolverton gives Alice herself the famous line about believing ‘six impossible things before breakfast’, something her father apparently used to do.Currently, I'm typesetting and illustrating her "Frederic and Elfrida" in his appearance that leads her to accept him.Young Jane Austen's writing has all the sharpness, wit, and careful control of language you would expect from the author of "Emma" and "Persuasion." The content on the other hand is a little more... One of my favorite lines in this text: IT'S AMAZING.