PhD Student and Sessional Instructor
Affiliation with UVic English: Graduate Student, PhD, fifth year
Special Book: Alice in Wonderland & Through The Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll
When did you first read this book: I first read this book sometime in my childhood, but I’m not sure when.
Which sentence from this book has special significance for you?
“‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.'”
What does the sentence mean to you?
I use this sentence to explain to students (or to any people who question the value of what we as English scholars do) why the meaning of a poem or story or book doesn’t reside with just author alone, nor with just the reader, and that it has to do with more than combining them both—that the meaning resides somewhere between the text and the cultural place it has.
I love that what looks like a silly conversation between an egg and a little girl can open up a conversation about the dialogic nature of language and literature.
It’s one of the many reasons why I love children’s books so much.