I. Down the Rabbit Hole

These first stories of Alice must make their own journey from orality to literacy before we as readers would know them. Many years later, you can take a boat ride down the canals of Oxford inspired by that \'golden afternoon\' (as I did) but come no closer to knowing Charles Lutwidge Dodgson the story-teller. His tales took a step closer to what Walter Ong calls the \'finality\' of print (if such a thing exists) when Dodgson wrote it down in the carefully handwritten and illustrated manuscript called \'Alice\'s Adventures Under Ground\'—itself delivered to the same Alice Liddell of the original audience. The remediation of Alice's adventures begin with this move from the ephemeral of the oral to the concrete form of the written word—but this is far from where the transformation of Alice will end.