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Decadent daughters and monstrous mothers - Angela Carter and European Gothic
Rebecca Munford
Paperback / softback
Manchester University Press
UK Publication Date

Now available in paperback, Decadent daughters and monstrous mothers interrogates the vexed question of Angela Carter's feminist politics through the dusty lens of European Gothic. It illuminates her ambivalent relation to some of her most contentious European literary forebears, reveals her rich knowledge of French literature and offers fresh insights into her literary practices afforded by newly available archival material. This book analyses Carter's textual engagements with a dirty lineage of European Gothic that can be mapped from the Marquis de Sade's obsession with desecration and defilement, through Baudelaire's perverse decompositions of the muse and decadent imaginings of infernal femininity, to surrealism's violent dreams of abjection.
It argues that Carter's most troublesome engagements with her European Gothic forefathers are unexpectedly those which are most vital to a consideration of her feminist politics.

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Rebecca Munford is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Cardiff University

Munford's attention to detail in her dissection of these works and discussion of how Carter's textual practice reveals the mechanics of European Gothic fantasies and allusions is admirable and makes for a fascinating read. Her inclusion within the monograph shortlist for the Allan Lloyd Smith prize is well-deserved., Donna Mitchell, The Gothic imagination, University of Stirling, 2 July 2015

Keyword Index
Feminism in literature.|Gothic fiction (Literary genre) - History and criticism.
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Number of Pages
xiv, 226

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