Core Membership


Hugues Lebailly is Senior Lecturer in English Cultural Studies at the Sorbonne in Paris. He has lectured on the subject of Lewis Carroll in America and Europe. His work on the Victorian child-cult and his in-depth studies of Carroll's neglected artistic and cultural interests helped to launch the 'new paradigm' of Carroll studies upon which this association is based. Hugues is married with two children and presently lives in Reims. He has written extensively on the subject of Carroll. He can be contacted through the contact form or c/o the Sorbonne.


'C. L. Dodgson and the Victorian Cult of the Child',

The Carrollian, The Lewis Carroll Journal n° 4, autumn 1999 (pp. 3-31).

'Dr Dodgson et Mr Carroll: de la caricature au portrait.'

[Dr. Dodgson and Mr. Carroll : from caricature to portrait.] Cahiers Victoriens et Edouardiens n° 43, April 1996, Presses Universitaires de Montpellier

'The Powerful and the Sweet: dialectique du masculin et du féminin dans la critique d'art victorienne'.

[The Dialectics of Masculinity and Femininity in Victorian Art Criticism.] Masculin/Féminin, Littératures et cultures anglo-saxonnes, proceedings of the 38th Congress of the S.A.E.S. Presses Universitaires de Rennes, May 1999 (pp. 151-163)

'Ordering disorder: la fonction normative de la critique d'art victorienne.'

[Ordering Disorder : the normative function of Victorian art criticism.] Littérature et Ordre Social, proceedings of the second International Congress of the University of Le Havre, headed by Jean-Paul Barbiche: Paris, l'Harmattan, 1999 (pp. 73-83)

"Through a Distorting Looking-Glass":

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson's artistic interests as mirrored in his nieces' edited version of his diaries

"Your Affectionate Friend...":

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson's relationship with the weaker and more aesthetic sex re-examined


Karoline is a theatre writer and the author of In the Shadow of the Dreamchild: the Myth & Reality of Lewis Carroll. She can be contacted through the contact form or through her agent


'In the Shadow of the Dreamchild; the myth and reality of Lewis Carroll

(Peter Owen, 1999)

"Lewis Carroll as Romantic Hero",

The Carrollian, 2004

"Ina In Wonderland"

Times Literary Supplement, 3 May 1996

"Lewis Carroll's Friendships With Adult Women"

Times Literary Supplement, 8 February 2002


Pascale Renaud-Grosbras lives in Rennes (Brittany, France) with her family and two cats. After a B.A. in Human and Social Sciences from Webster University in Geneva and studies in cognitive neuropsychology, she studied under the direction of Jean-Jacques Lecercle (Nanterre University, Paris) and Sophie Marret (Rennes 2) and wrote her PhD dissertation on "Sylvie and Bruno, Lewis Carroll's Overlooked Opus", examining the reception of Carroll's last novel and the structure of the carrollian paradigm as well as the structural complexities of the book and its significance in terms of philosophical, theological and political questions within the Victorian culture. Now a literary translator, she has worked on a new publication of Mrs. Gaskell's Life of Charlotte Brontë in French, including a critical apparatus (Editions du Rocher, Paris, 2004). Pascale can be contacted through the contact form


"La méthode structurale dans Sylvie et Bruno "

[The Structural Method in Sylvie and Bruno], Lewis Carroll, jeux et enjeux critiques , edited by Michel Morel, Presses Universitaires de Nancy, 2003

From Chaos to Cosmos: the genesis of Sylvie & Bruno


Cristopher Hollingsworth, Associate Professor of English at the University of South Alabama, came to Carroll studies through his work on poetics and the analogy between insects and human beings. While researching H. G. Wells’s lunar insects for his book Poetics of the Hive: The Insect Metaphor in Literature (Iowa 2001), Cristopher discovered a curious and important Carroll–Wells connection; the resulting investigation proved to be a truly Carrollian rabbit hole. Cristopher has written and lectured about Carroll and photography and his influence on H. G. Wells. He is editor of and contributor to the collection Alice Beyond Wonderland: Essays for the Twenty-First Century (Iowa 2009), and is presently writing a book about Wonderland’s evolution from storybook realm to shared template for contemporary thought, experience, and artistic creation. You can mail him throught the contact form


Lewis Carroll, H. G. Wells and Scientific Wonderland. The Carrollian. No. 18, Autumn 2006. 25-38.

“Improvising Spaces: Victorian Photography, Carrollian Narrative, and Modern Collage. Alice Beyond Wonderland: Essays for the Twenty-first Century. Iowa, 2009. 85-100.

Alice Beyond Wonderland: Essays for the Twenty-first Century. Iowa, 2009.


Mike was born in Cornwall, and has lived most of his life in the West Country. He took a degree in Modern Languages from Exeter College, Oxford and an MA from Essex University. He now works freelance, principally as an indexer, but also as translator, researcher and (a very Dodgsonian occupation) compiler of cryptic crosswords. In 1996 he discovered three consecutive cut pages from the first surviving volume of Dodgson's diary which had not been noted and do not presently appear in the published edition. Since then his other contributions to Carroll studies have included maintaining the Carroll discussion list and contributing book reviews to the Lewis Carroll Review. Contact him throught the contact form


John is an independent consultant in Health and Social Policy and a visiting lecturer in the philosophy of health. He has published widely on the relationship between verbal and non-verbal language and for the last four years has been carrying out research in the field of learning difficulties.

John's interest in Lewis Carroll developed from his doctoral studies on the relationship between language and illustration in the early 1980s. His interest in Carroll then broadened to include a continuing exploration of the philosophical, political and theological influences bearing on Carroll's life and his works. He has been very instrumental in rediscovering Dodgson's 'lost' associations with radicals like F.D. Maurice and in placing Dodgson's political conservatism in its proper historical context.

John is a former Director of the Pracyabani Institute and has edited various journals and magazines.

He worked closely with Kate Lyon on an analysis of The Hunting of the Snark and other Carroll-related projects. He is a former director of the Pracyabani Institute and has edited various journals and magazines. He can be contacted through the contact form


Lewis Carroll's 'conservatism'

The Illuminated Snark

(paper presented at the 2nd International Carroll conference, University of Rennes, 2003)


Sherry was a Freshman philosophy student when, one day, a philosophy professor asked her--seemingly out of the blue--"do you think that there is anything vaguely philosophical about Alice in Wonderland?" At the time, it seemed like an innocuous enough question, but Sherry just couldn't stop thinking about it. After finishing 2 Masters degrees (one in philosophy and the other in psychology) and a Ph.D. in philosophy, the question still loomed large. In, 2008, after two decades of research, Sherry published Behind the Looking Glass. The book delves deeply into the questions of Carroll's intellectual, philosophical and spiritual perspectives, deconstructing the traditional image of Carroll as a dreary Victorian conservative Anglican. Click here for a Table of Contents and Sample Chapter.

Sherry is Professor of Philosophy at College of the Siskiyous, in Northern California, USA. As an active scholar with the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies, she has authored numerous papers and journal articles, as well as the recent book, Dressage in the Fourth Dimension (Novato, CA: New World Library, 2008).

Sherry can be contacted at:


Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti is a British writer and poet who lives in the United States. Her first novel was published by Alyscamps Press, Paris. Her other works are represented by Writer’s House, New York, by Michele Rubin. Her works have been widely anthologized and she has written a great deal about Lewis Carroll and some ground-breaking work which will be published in her forthcoming book (2008), A Bath, Bedside, & Armchair Companion to Lewis Carroll, published by Continuum-Books, New York, London, and Tokyo, editor David Barker. She is presently finishing her second collection of poems (“A Blue Chinese Jar”) for publication with Alyscamps Press and finishing her second novel, “Unnaturally Close.” She lectures on Bob Dylan in New York City and teaches editing and writing at Emerson Graduate School of Publishing, Boston, Massachusetts.

Sadi can be contacted through Tant Mieux, or by email:


Carolyn Sigler is Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she teaches classes in Victorian literature and culture and children's literature. Her research focuses on the process and theory of literary adaptation, and particularly on works that represent and adapt the powerful mythoi which have circulated around Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, as well as the authorship and historical identity of Lewis Carroll. Contact Carolyn through the contact form


"Alice Imitations." The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature. Ed. Jack Zipes. New York: Oxford UP, 2006.

"'Wonders Wild and New': Lewis Carroll's 'Alice' Books and Postmodern Women Writers." Twice-Told Children's Tales: The Influence Childhood Reading on Writers for Adults. Ed. Betty Greenway. New York: Routledge, 2005. 133-145.

"Lewis Carroll Studies, 1983-2003." Dickens Studies Annual 34 (2004): 375-413.

"Was the Snark A Boojum?: One Hundred Years of Lewis Carroll Biographies." Children's Literature 29 (2001): 229-243.

"Authorizing Alice: Professional Authority, the Literary Marketplace, and Victorian Women's Re-Visions of Lewis Carroll's 'Alice' Books." The Lion and the Unicorn 22.3 (Fall 1998): 351-363.

Alternative Alices: Visions and Revisions of Lewis Carroll's "Alice" Books. Lexington: U P of Kentucky, 1997.

"Brave New Alice: Anna Matlack Richards's Maternal Wonderland." Children's Literature 24 (1996): 55-73.

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