Angela Carter

I’m a day late, but this is to honour the birthday of one of the most important twentieth-century English writers. Angela Carter (whose official website is here) drew on folkloric, fairy tale, and Gothic themes in her gloriously baroque explorations of desire and identity. I’m currently working on a conference paper, ‘”The price of flesh is love”: Commodification, corporeality, and paranormal romance in Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber’, for the University of Cardiff’s Fantasies of Contemporary Culture conference. This will be the basis of a chapter in OGOM’s forthcoming Company of Wolves book, based on our own fabulous Company of Wolves conference last September where, among many other papers that touched tangentially on Carter’s concerns, Sir Christopher Frayling gave a brilliant and moving talk on Carter, with whom he had a deep friendship.

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