Deadly Fun: Jouissance and Carnival in Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan.

“Deadly Fun: Jouissance and Carnival in Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan.” Ed. Erin Frost. Polyglossia, 13.2 (2010): 5-20. Print.

On the surface, Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan tell stories about children who leave behind their real worlds for adventure in fantastic realms that cater to their desires, be they Alice’s wish to enter impossibly beautiful gardens or Wendy’s to be surrounded by fairies and mermaids. But what starts as a fun way to satisfy their boredom and actualize fantasies turns sinister as Alice and Wendy are subject to their respective fantasy worlds’ whims, spaces that bring them both closer to the possibility of figurative mental and literal physical death – deadly fun.