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freyia
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(8/15/07 8:38 am)


some help would be very nice =]
hello,
i posted before about my english literature coursework, thanks for all the suggestions i have now chosen my two texts: 'the bloody chamber and other stories' by angela carter and 'transformations' by anne sexton.
i am doing my comparative notes at the moment as some preparation for writing my essay when i return to college. i have quite a few ideas and i've written them all down but am feeling a bit unmotivated and stuck =[.
has anyone read any essays which directly compare the two texts? or make links between them?
any has anyone read both texts and has any ideas?
any prompts would be really helpful! my question is just about discussing the comparisions and contrasts etc in the ways in which the authors use fairytales...
thanks ever so much
freyia

Terri Windling
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(8/22/07 6:34 am)


Re: some help would be very nice =]
Marvels and Tales, the fairy tale studies journal, did a fascinating issue devoted to Angela Carter a while back. It's available (in a paperback edition) from Amazon and other mail-order book services. The title is Angela Carter and the Fairy Tale (Marvels & Tales Special Issue, 1), edited by Danielle M. Roemer and Cristina Bacchilega.

Also, be sure to take a look at Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Women Writers Explore Their Favorite Fairy Tales, edited by Kate Bernheimer, which includes an essay by Anne Sexton's daughter discussing Sexton's use of fairy tales.

And, as always, it's good to be familiar with the history of fairy tales and fairy tale literature when writing about works from this genre. Marina Warner's From the Beast to the Blonde is an excellent volume in this regard.

One further thought: You might be interested in Olga Broumas' poem "Rapunzel," from her collection Beginning with O, which is a direct response to "Rapunzel" by Anne Sexton.

Edited by: Terri Windling at: 8/22/07 6:46 am

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