Alice in Wonderland: a world made from words?

After noticing today the popularity of the preview for Tim Burton’s upcoming film “Alice in Wonderland” (and we do have plans to view our tape of Sy Fy’s miniseries “Alice” tonight) we’ve been thinking about Clayton Koelb’s argument that Alice in Wonderland is the preeminent example of “logomimetic” fiction. In logomimetic fiction the reader knows that the words in the story don’t correspond to the world, but solves the problem created by that disbelief by enjoying the world created by the words. But then we wondered: How do you make a film about a world made from words? How does an incredulous reader become an incredulous viewer?

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