Angela Carter

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  • Linden Peach (University of Wales, Cardiff)

Angela Carter is one of the most important and widely studied late-twentieth-century British authors. Her relatively early death from cancer in 1992 came when she was at the height of her career and shortly after she had completed one of her best novels, Wise Children. An exemplary “postmodern”, Carter's novels and stories stand almost without parallel in British writing for their complex blending of parody, allegory and symbolism and their generic mixing of fantasy, romance, the gothic and science fiction. Her writings were deliberately foreign to the realistic representation of manners and parochial concerns which dominated British writing during the 1960s and drew increasingly on pre-novelistic forms such as the fairy …

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Peach, Linden. "Angela Carter". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 March 2001
[, accessed 27 November 2015.]

Articles on Carter's works

  1. Nights at the Circus
  2. The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories
  3. The Magic Toyshop
  4. The Passion of New Eve
  5. The Sadeian Woman
  6. Wise Children

Related Groups

  1. Gothic, Grotesque& Supernatural Fiction
  2. Magical Realism in Literature
  3. Metafictional Writing