The World of Angela Carter: A Critical Investigation by Dani Cavallaro arrived on my doorstep in the short stack of review books I received from McFarland. This one was released in May of this year and escaped my notice until I opened the package and discovered it. (I try, I really do! But I miss a lot of books...)
Book description from the publisher:
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
Dani Cavallaro has written widely about literature, cultural theory, and anime. She lives in London.
Table of Contents:
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
"Carter, relatedly, is committed to a programmatic, though varicolored and exuberantly plumed, exposure of the profoundly cross-generational relevance of fairy tales old and new. In emphasizing the least savory aspects of some of the most time-honored fairy tales, she reminds us that the assocation of the form itself with the younger generations is not part of its natural history--let alone its inherent thematic and rhetorical constitution--but rather a corollary of post hoc ideological interventions."