This time I found a small Penguin’s Mini Modern Classics of Angela Carter’s Bluebeard, for only £3 (although it is incredibly short)! These. This essay explores the “Bluebeard” fairy tale and six works of fiction inspired by it, Murderer” and Angela Carter’s “The Bloody Chamber” underscore the. Angela Carter – The Bloody Chamber And Other Stories. Published by the Penguin Group Penguin Books USA Inc., Hudson Street, New York, New York.

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So terribly let down by the blurb. This site uses cookies. Carter wanted to practise the atavistic lure, the atavistic power, of voices in the dark.

Chamber of Secrets: The Sorcery of Angela Carter

While as a writer she clothes herself in sparkling ornament and sensuous fantasy, she continues to operate surgically, with Enlightenment fury against hypocrisy and accommodations. Themes of female identity are explored in the “Beauty and the Beast” stories such as “The Tiger’s Bride”. I managed to offend one of the staff by stating the difficulty I have reading short stories.

It then warns of real-life men who sweet-talk young girls, but are really “the most dangerous beasts of all”. Beauty and the Beast disclose their love for one another and the Beast’s humanity is revealed. I feel better for having read it.

My intention was not to do ‘versions’ or, as the American edition of the book said, horribly, ‘adult’ fairy tales, but to extract the latent content from the traditional stories. When he takes her to his castle, she discovers his collection of pornographic images and takes pleasure in her embarrassment.

On the other hand, the mention of painters such as Gustave Moreau and Odilon Redonand of fashion designer Paul Poiret who designs one of the heroine’s gowns all suggest a date before Sep 28, Clare Holman-Hobbs rated it it was amazing Shelves: Apr 18, Carolin rated it it was amazing. I love Carter’s style and can’t wait to read some of her longer pieces!!!


Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here After going through his desk, she learns more of his previous wives, which pushes her to take the forbidden key and enter his chamber.

In these seven stories, bristling with f ‘Curiosity is the most fleeting of pleasures; the moment is satisfied, it ceases to exist and it always proves very, very expensive. PaperbackPenguin Mini Modern Classics64 pages. Here, the Marquis, based on the character of Bluebeard from the original tale, is an art dealer, whose art comes in the form of his murder, and the “‘aesthetic’ display of his former wives’ corpses.

Only two are completely original to this collection, though many were revised or changed slightly from their previously published versions for this collection. Despite that, at the end I just felt “meh” about the whole book.

cqrter I still have so much Carter to read and re-read! This work makes me think of a line from the Simpsons “Get some new oldies, Geniuses.

He attempts to fetishize her and strip her of agency, a criticism of Carter’s on the “male literary tradition,” of martyring women literally and metaphorically in fiction in order to present the fruits of their artistic labor.

It is sold saying it is a subversive retelling which is a lie.

However, his benefactor — the Beast — takes umbrage when he steals a miraculous white rose for his beloved daughter. He marries, despite the fact he “had been married several times before and nobody knew what became of blueebard wives”, and a short aangela after, goes away on business. Mar 14, rebecca rated it it was ok Shelves: I’d agnela to read more Carter but have had enough of the fairy tales.

They consummate that night, and the following morning she hears of urgent business he must attend to in New York, leaving her alone in his castle, with only several maids, butlers, and a chain of keys. Very glad I read the little one, I won’t be picking up her full collection of fairytales that these are taken from.

‘Bluebeard’ by Angela Carter

I added your post to our Mr Linky. Want to Read saving…. Notify me of new comments via email. Pages with citations lacking titles Pages with citations having bare URLs EngvarB from September Use dmy dates from September Articles needing additional references from Bbluebeard All articles needing additional references Pages to import images to Wikidata Webarchive template wayback links. Simon Fraser University https: As always, I enjoyed Carter’s modern twist on these and her morals at the end of each tale were generally pretty apt.


When she reaches her grandmother’s house, the paw has turned into a hand with the grandmother’s angelaa on it, and the grandmother is both delirious and missing her hand. View all 7 comments. I didn’t get the point of this, at all. He threatens to kill and eat her too, but she laughs in his face and proceeds to seduce him, stripping off their clothes and throwing them into the fire.

Works by Angela Carter. They made her shiver, and shiveriness was always a mysterious pleasure, captured by her in acrter early, unpublished poem:. Wayne Bluebrard University Press,p The critic Patricia Dunckerhowever, was more reserved in her praise, criticising it for not breaking enough taboos.

I feel like Angela Carter doesn’t add anything to the original fairytales as far as I know at leastbesides the moral of the story at the end. Jun 14, Juanita rated it really liked it Shelves: Trinity CM, archived from the original on 28 Septemberretrieved 29 June By presenting himself as the typical artist, and his wife as the muse, he is literally attempting to kill her and her unique proclivities, in order to indoctrinate her into his artistic method.

In particular to Carter’s writing style, Margaret Atwood states that Carter presents a “macabre” painting, filled with gruesome and melancholy prose.