Angela Carter Project

‘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.


Short Fiction


  • 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)

Editorial Works

  • Wayward Girls and Wicked Women: An Anthology of Subversive Stories (1986)
  • Angela Carter’s Book of Fairy Tales (2005)

Film Adaptations

  • 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.


7 Replies to “Angela Carter Project”

  1. As a fan of Angela’s Carter’s idiosyncratic writing style and feminist perspective, I would love to have a similar project! Maybe once I’ve completed my current reading challenge, I’ll move on to this.

      1. Yeah, same with my 30 Before 30 challenge. It’s just that time of year when everyone’s perpetually busy! I’m sure January will afford plenty of time for book-related pleasures however!

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