Angela Olive Carter, Wise Children

Susanne Gruß (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)
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With her last novel, Wise Children (1991), Angela Carter revisits many of the topics that defined her career: the text is wittily metafictional, pondering questions such as the unreliability of both memory and narration; it continues Carter’s project of deconstructing the (Western) literary canon; it questions the roles assigned to both women and men in a heteronormative society; and, finally, it includes elements reminiscent of magic realism. “Welcome to the wrong side of the tracks” (Carter 1), Carter’s narrator greets her readers: Wise Children is told from the narrative perspective of Dora Chance, who – in an often achronological and at times almost associative manner – is assembling the memoir of her own and her identical twin sister Nora’s lives. At the same time, she…

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Citation: Gruß, Susanne. "Wise Children". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 April 2013 [, accessed 06 December 2023.]

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