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Lecture 12

ENG 1120 Lecture Notes - Lecture 12: The Bloody Chamber, Angela Carter, Magic Realism

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ENG 1120
Breid Mc Ilkenny

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The Company of Wolves
February 29, 2016
Angela Carter, 1940-1992
- Born in England
- Married at 20, divorced 12 years later
- Moved to Japan & became a (second wave) feminist
- Themes: Feminism, sexuality, identity
- Often described as a postmodern, feminist, Gothic writer
Hard to pin down
The Company of Wolves
- Taken from The Bloody Chamber, published 1979
Revisionist, feminist interpretation of fairy tales of Western Europe
Took the latent content of the stories, and used that to build new stories
- A gothic tale (unidentified time & place)
- Magic realism – fantasy & reality at once
- The wolf: dangerous, but facilitate desire, knowledge, the desirability of power & the
futility of fear
- The company of wolves – reference to a company of actors (dramatic/theatrics story)
- Non-linear
Thumbs her nose at the notion of “not straying from the path”, in the original
Little Red Riding Hood
- Fear is one of the major themes, introduced very early
- Uses the second person pronoun (you)
- Very unkind descriptions of the wolf (“grey as famine…plague”)
Presents the wolf as the archenemy of man
- Introduction of the werewolves = the introduction of the magic realism
- Werewolves are trapped, need someone else to find grace
- Women who marries the werewolf, although the first husband is a werewolf, the second
husband is also a beast (beats her)
- By burning clothes you trap the werewolf as a wolf
- Eyes remain unchanged, regardless of shape
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