2397 - Angela Carter Novels: Feminism Meets Magical Realism
Angela Carter died at age 51 in 1992. Over the course of the next year, the British Academy received 40 proposals for doctoral research into her work – compared with three on the literature of the entire 18th century! A prolific and sometimes controversial writer, Carter has always been well known in Great Britain though not in this country (outside of academia, where she is frequently taught). And while many readers are familiar with her feminist—often brutal and shocking—rewritings of such tales as “Bluebeard” and “Beauty and the Beast,” this course will instead read three of her nine novels, an early one and her last two, which have been described as delightful, witty, lyrical and life-affirming. We will also see one of the two films based on her writings. Considered one of the most important and influential writers of the last 100 years, Carter deserves to be better known in this country. Lecture (plus Questions) Facilitated Discussion View Videos
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LOUISE MASURAT has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA from Middlebury’s Graduate School of French in France, and she completed doctoral studies (ABD) at Harvard in Romance Languages, with a specialty in medieval literatures. She especially enjoys teaching fiction with film tie-ins.