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boxopener1
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(3/24/07 12:33 pm)


how does angela carter utilize the fantastic? help
Hey everyone.

Really need some hlep. If anyone has read the bloody chamber and other stories by carter.:

Need to know how she utilizes the fantastic in her stories and to what purpose? Im clueless.

Veronica Schanoes
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(3/24/07 1:46 pm)


Re: how does angela carter utilize the fantastic? help
You're going to have to ask a more specific question, really. Carter uses fantasy in almost all of her works, for varying effects.

You might want to take a look at the Afterword she wrote for <i>Fireworks</i>, a collection of her stories.

kristiw
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(3/25/07 7:35 am)


Re: how does angela carter utilize the fantastic? help
First of all, it's generally considered polite to continue a discussion in the first thread you start, especially if you get a response. I agree with Veronica; you're going to have to be more specific (as I'm sure the open prompt intends, to give you room to explore your own interests). Pick a story from the collection you particularly liked. Then ask, "what is the story 'about,' metaphorically/at a deeper level?" Then ask, "what about the writing style makes me think that?" One of the advantages of re-writing traditional fairy tales, as Carter often does, is to play on and upset the reader's expectations for the original story. I get the impression you won't have time to look for it, but there was also an issue of Marvels and Tales devoted to Angela Carter's writings: www.langlab.wayne.edu/Mar...v12n1.html

boxopener1
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(3/25/07 7:58 am)


Re: how does angela carter utilize the fantastic? help
Thankyou to both of you for your posts.

I apologize for not continuing the thread. I dont know if i can delete my other post and continue this one.

I know that the bloody chamber is a reworking of bluebeard, but im still not sure how she utilizes the fantastic and to what purpose. I have done what Veronica advised me to do, which is to read the afterwords to Fireworks.

This is an assignment question, so if anyone knows of any good critical/theoretical material that would help then that would be great!

I dont honestly think i understand the question anyway. It confusing. :(

Edited by: boxopener1 at: 3/25/07 8:01 am
aka Greensleeves
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(3/25/07 9:20 pm)


Re: how does angela carter utilize the fantastic? help
Well, my recommendation is to ask your instructor for clarification.

However, you could try this:

1. Read a tale.
2. Identify elements of fantasy in the story (monsters, magic, etc).
3. Think about them. Why are they there? What do they bring to the story?
4. Write up your conclusions.

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