THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Angela Carter Literary Criticism

Nights at the Circus

An essay by Brian Finney, a professor at California State University, exploring various themes - such as the nature of fictional narrative - in Carter's penultimate novel.
A paper by Wendy O'Brien, a lecturer in Literary and Cultural Studies at Central Queensland University, analyzing various aspects of this novel, in particular the protagonists relationship in regards to Bakhtin's theory of the carnivalesque rebirth.
An essay by Mine Özyurt Kılıç of Bilkent University discussing the role of the fin de siècle 'New Woman' in Nights at the Circus, with reference to Plato's Phaedrus.
'The Ravished Reader': A very big critical analysis by Marita Kristiansen of the University of Bergen, spread over several chapters.

The Bloody Chamber

An essay by Samantha Pentony of Oxford Brookes University exploring how Kristeva's theory of abjection works in relation to the fairy tale and post colonial narrative in Carter's short story and Keri Hulme's novel The Bone People.
A linguistic analysis by Lizzie Knowles of 'The Bloody Chamber' and Frankenstein, with reference to the work of feminist Diane Elam and linguist Michael Halliday.
An article by Helen Simpson investigating how Carter takes the latent content of traditional fairy tales, and reworks it in her stories to shocking effect.

The Passion of New Eve

An essay by Anna Kérchy, a Senior Assistant Professor at the University of Szeged, examining gender issues and the grotesque in Carter's novel; the essay also surveys various critical evaluations.
An academic article by Nicoletta Vallorani discussing the representation of utopian cities in feminist science fiction and Carter's novel.

The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman

In this paper Helen Butcher of the University of Chichester focuses on the principal characters and how their relationships influence the dynamics of identity-forming encounters, as well as the narrative's engagement with Hegel's philosophical ideas.

Black Venus

An essay about the stories by Susanne Schmid, focusing on their intertextual aspects, in particular the work of Charles Baudelaire and his relationship with his mistress Jeanne Duval.