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E 350 Lecture Notes - The Bloody Chamber, Angela Carter, Sabines

6 Pages
Spring 2013

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E 350
Ellen Brinks

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30 April
Angela Carter
Gothic tale merged with fairy tale
Fairy tales
Oral folk tales – for community
Children’s tales
18th – 19th century
Didatic – lesson to be learned
Original violence removed
Charles Perrault
Wife marries for wealth and pleasure
Not seen as a bad thing
Unnatural curiosity – inability to control
Saved by brothers
Happily remarries
Dangers of female curiosity
Subtitled: the fatal effects of curiosity
Her terror is her punishment/warning to female child reader
Beard – virility, age, hiding the face (secrecy), lust, diabolical
The Bloody Chamber
Why does she marry her husband?
Money – poor background, clothing, attention/envy of others
Animal smell – leather, cigar smoke, silent tread
His power – secrets
His sexual desire for her
What does he awaken in her?
Sense of vanity
Disgust/repulsion coupled/inextricable from desire
Desire for what is sexually perverse/”corrupt”
What images of women over the course of the narrative is the heroine defining herself
Other wives
Masochist women of pornography
Martyred virgins (Saint Cecilia)
Sabines (Rape of the Sabines)
Dangerous consequences
Women whose curiosity leads to disaster
Collector of women as beautiful possessions
Women as victims
Curiosity is a flaw/something to be punished
What is particularly dangerous in relations between the sexes?
Power balance – women dehumanized and used

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30 AprilAngela CarterGothic tale merged with fairy taleFairy talesOral folk talesfor communityChildrens talesthth1819 centuryDidaticlesson to be learnedOriginal violence removedBluebeardCharles PerraultWife marries for wealth and pleasureNot seen as a bad thingUnnatural curiosityinability to controlSaved by brothersHappily remarriesDangers of female curiositySubtitled the fatal effects of curiosityHer terror is her punishmentwarning to female child readerBeardvirility age hiding the face secrecy lust diabolicalThe Bloody ChamberWhy does she marry her husband
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