Culminating Project Title
She Can Do It: Messages of Female Empowerment in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Roald Dahl’s Matilda
Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
English: English Studies: M.A.
College of Liberal Arts
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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.
Dickinson, Megan, "She Can Do It: Messages of Female Empowerment in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Roald Dahl’s Matilda" (2017). Culminating Projects in English. 89.
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