Date of Award


Culminating Project Type


Degree Name

English: English Studies: M.A.




College of Liberal Arts

First Advisor

Judith Dorn

Second Advisor

Sharon Cogdill

Third Advisor

Elizabeth Berila

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
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Keywords and Subject Headings

Alice in Wonderland, Matilda, Roald Dahl, Lewis Carroll, Feminism, Empowerment, Power


This research evaluates notions of empowerment, agency, and feminization found in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Roald Dahl’s Matilda. Current conversations about these texts fail to address the three-pronged relationship between author, character, and reader. Through close readings of the source texts, applying feminist theory to the texts, and examining the complex power relationships between author and character and author and reader, the research concludes that both Alice and Matilda are empowering stories.


To Henry and Clara: Thank you for being the best distractions

And to Matt: Thank you for everything else



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