‘You’d think she would remember all this from the first time’
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This chapter discusses a third heroine, Lewis Carroll's or Tim Burton's Alice. Burton's 2010 film, Alice in Wonderland, is a complexly allusive work, which cleverly stirs and shakes the memories both of Alice herself, within the fiction of the film, and of the audience, encouraging people to remember experiences from childhood. It turns out that Wonderland's real name is Underland. The chapter suggests that the film can also be seen as a kind of final katabasis too. By invoking a varied array of earlier texts, Burton puts the allusion marker of memory to uncannily effective use, demonstrating that the bonds between allusion and the uncanny can resonate within film, popular culture and genre fiction as well as within more classical and canonical texts.

A familiar compound ghost

Allusion and the uncanny


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