Document Type

Thesis

Date of Degree Completion

Spring 2016

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English Literature

Committee Chair

Dr. Lila Harper

Second Committee Member

Dr. George Drake

Third Committee Member

Dr. Christine Sutphin

Abstract

Education is an integral part of any society. Victorian England saw drastic reform in the method of childhood education, shifting from religious to secular forms of rote memorization. An analysis of the works of Lewis Carroll reveals significant instances of parody, pastiche, and satire on these styles of education and their corresponding reform. Unlike traditional satire, however, Lewis Carroll’s satire does not simply criticize these targets, but utilizes a strategy of synthesis to illustrate strengths and weaknesses of various conflicting educational ideologies and to suggest ways of adopting methods from all available options.

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