‘Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. And I think that all fiction should be open-ended. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms’.
‘The Company of Angela Carter: An Interview’ in Marxism Today, Jan 1985, pg.20
I have read a few of Angela Carter’s books (my dissertation was based on Nights at the Circus and The Bloody Chamber) but I am planning on re-reading and reading the rest of Angela Carter’s weird and wonderful writing. I have picked Carter because I love her style, which is heavily influenced by Surrealism, and the way she tackles often difficult and taboo subjects on the female body in over-the-top, grotesque ways. She shows that there is no one way of thinking about feminism or of being a feminist, which is a liberating prospect.
I haven’t, and don’t intend to, set a time limit on reading this collection – I only want to record my thoughts and changing opinions on Carter’s work.
- Shadow Dance (1966)
- The Magic Toyshop (1967)
- Several Perceptions (1968)
- Heroes and Villains (1969)
- Love (1971)
- The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman (1972)
- The Passion of New Eve (1977)
- Nights at the Circus (1984)
- Wise Children (1991)
- Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces (1974)
- The Bloody Chamber (1979)
- The Bridegroom (1983)
- Black Venus (1985)
- American Ghosts and Old World Wonders (1993)
- Burning Your Boats (1995)
- The Sadeian Woman and the Ideology of Pornography (1979)
- Nothing Sacred: Selected Writings (1982)
- Expletives Deleted: Selected Writings (1992)
- Shaking a Leg: Collected Journalism and Writing (1997)
- Wayward Girls and Wicked Women: An Anthology of Subversive Stories (1986)
- Angela Carter’s Book of Fairy Tales (2005)
- The Company of Wolves (1984)
- The Magic Toyshop (1987)
Note: The titles in bold are books I have already read but I am planning to re-read them and post blogs on every single piece of work (and film) in this collection.