Angela Carter - A Beginner's Guide gives beginning readers of Angela Carter, her students and her fans a sense of the breadth and variety, the richness of her work. Her writing is amusing, ironic and Gothic, providing a critique of the gender and power relations amongst whish we live and through which we create our identities. Winged women, music hall, werewolves, Bluebeard and his wives and Beauty and the Beast are some of the charcters, areas and tales Angela Carter explores and re-writes.
Gina Wisker's text explores how Carter:
? re-writes fairytales and popular myths to explore gender relations
? reveals contradictions, relations of power and gender in society, and the ways men and women are represented and construct their identities
? celebrates women's energies in different moments of time
? mixes rich imagery, paradox, symbols and beautifully written descriptions
? works with the forms and themes of horror, science fiction, music hall, pantomine and romance to entertain and to explore ourselves and our cultures.
Gina Wisker is currently a principal lecturer in English and Women's Studies at Anglia University, Cambridge and has been a teacher since 1973. She has lectured widely on many aspects of women's literature. She has written Plath, Woolf and Toni Morrison for the series.