III. A Caucus-Race and a Long Tale


This scrolling image imitates the construction of Carroll's "Long Tale," and includes several images contrasting Tenniel's Alice in Wonderland with Alice in Bunderland. The text reads: Alice joins a Caucus-race (but who has won?) everybody or nobody, if you ask another Alice. In 1907 Alice fell again (by train) into Blunderland, a place familiar yet not quite right. Blunderland is filled with old friends whose faces now launch a movement (a parable, or a parody) home to "copperations" and taxes in a city the Mad Hatter, a socialist (!), built. How do we know a Blunderland from a Wonderland? Perhaps only by the rules it breaks and makes and remakes (rules best made and broken by "grown-ups"). When Alice next finds her way to Blunderland (though she may not know herself as "Clara" and the rules have changed) she is advised: "believe nothing you see, and only half you read, even in print." Wonderland is first born and born again in print, as Alice tumbles to grammarland, beeland, orchestralia, puzzleland, quantamland, otherland, sunderland, dreamland, euroland, jumboland, or wonderlawn, and now dataland, she is, perhaps, more changed than ever.

Kairos 19.3