The World of Angela Carter

A Critical Investigation


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About the Book

Angela Carter, a prolific author who worked in numerous genres, remains one of the most important British writers of the last century. She was particularly renowned for her investigation of cultural mythologies, which shape our lives but which we often leave unexamined. This text explores a selection of Carter’s novels and short stories, supplemented with her perspectives on politics, society and aesthetics, and her attempts to redefine popular genres such as the fairy tale. This critical work is a strong addition to the scholarship on this important but often overlooked writer.

About the Author(s)

Dani Cavallaro has written widely about literature, cultural theory, and anime. She lives in London.

Bibliographic Details

Dani Cavallaro
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 208
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2011
pISBN: 978-0-7864-6128-8
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8723-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

1. Angela Carter’s Vision      5
2. Dark Play: The Magic Toyshop      18
3. Surrealist Visions: The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman      47
4. Modern Mythologies: The Passion of New Eve      77
5. Tradition Reimagined: The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories      99
6. Beyond Gravity: Nights at the Circus      137
7. Mirror Identities: Wise Children      164

Bibliography      189
Index      197