By Helen Stoddart
A hugely unique and influential paintings of contemporary British literature, Angela Carter’s Nights on the Circus combines a superbly inventive plot with a robust political undertone. the result's an emotive and provocative novel, which has attracted a lot serious consciousness from a number of views together with poststructuralism, gender stories, postmodernism and psychoanalysis.
This consultant to Angela Carter’s complicated novel, presents:
- an available advent to the textual content and contexts of Nights on the Circus a severe background, surveying the various interpretations of the textual content from e-book to the current
- a choice of new severe essays at the Nights on the Circus, via Heather Johnson, Jeannette Baxter, Sarah Sceats and Helen Stoddart, supplying various views at the novel and increasing the insurance of key severe methods pointed out within the survey part
- cross-references among sections of the consultant, for you to recommend hyperlinks among texts, contexts and feedback
- suggestions for extra analyzing.
Part of the Routledge courses to Literature sequence, this quantity is key studying for all these starting targeted learn of Nights on the Circus and looking not just a consultant to the radical, yet a manner during the wealth of contextual and demanding fabric that surrounds Carter’s textual content.
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Barrie’s. 46 Characteristically, Rego focuses on the bodies of women and children but does so in a way that, like Sherman, dramatically confronts the viewer with the sinister and sexualized subtexts of the tales or poems in question, often borrowing or extending fabulous, erotic or grotesque elements from the original. 47 Similarly, both Carter’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and her chilling portrayal of traditional children’s entertainments (‘The child’s laughter is pure until he ﬁrst laughs at a clown’ [Pt.
University of Virginia Press, 2005, pp. 108–35. 48 Marina Warner, Joan of Arc: The Image of Female Heroism, London: Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1981. TEXT AND CONTEXTS 21 or told for them by men. In this respect, the Virago publishing house was of central importance with its project, mentioned above, to recover and relaunch neglected or forgotten literary voices. All of this helps to suggest some of the impulses behind the creation of the extraordinary character Fevvers who represents both a mischievous bringing down to earth of an assortment of female myths (Helen of Troy, Venus, ‘L’Ange Anglaise’), while also foregrounding the voices of previously unheard women: the working class, prostitutes and circus aerialists.
Of all that is high, spiritual, abstract’ down to ‘the material level, to the sphere of earth and body in their indissoluble unity’ and to ‘turn their subject into ﬂesh’. There is laughter in the genre but it is ‘laughter that degrades and materializes’. 69 65 Bakhtin, Problems of Dostoevsky’s Poetics, pp. 124–5. 66 Sage, ‘Angela Carter interviewed by Lorna Sage’, p. 188. 67 Mikhail Bakhtin, Rabelais and His World (1965), trans. : Indiana University Press, 1984. 68 Bakhtin, Rabelais and His World, p.
Angela Carter's Nights at the Circus: A Routledge Study Guide by Helen Stoddart