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(2021). Jabberwocky: A Psychoanalytic View. IJP Open, 8:7.

(2021). IJP Open, 8:7

Jabberwocky: A Psychoanalytic View

The poem Jabberwocky, by Lewis Carroll, is rife with words, everyday words, nonsense words, portmanteau words, and a generous helping of obfuscation of the meanings of these words. A psychoanalytic view of this work reveals a sexual encounter. Given the contemporary understanding, or perhaps ‘lack of understanding,’ of gender and our somewhat limited view of Carroll’s personal and intimate life, his penchant for photographing nude children, preferably girls, his abrupt ‘break’ with the Liddell family in 1863, speculatively attributed to untoward activities with the young Alice and not surprisingly accusations of likeways untoward activities with Mrs. Liddell, we find fertile grounds for gossip. If we lift the carefully constructed veil designed to hide the true meaning of this confessional poem we find a sexual encounter, perhaps even an initiating sexual encounter. We find Carroll’s impetus for the Jabberwocky. This points toward the interpretation of the Jabberwocky (and elements within subsequent writings by Carroll) as explaining an early (dare we say, ‘naïve’) emotionally charged sexual encounter.

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