The Once Upon a Time Challenge is one of my favorite reading events of the year. Fairy tales, myth, folklore, fantasy, I am happy to read as many as possible. This year, Caroline from beautyisasleepingcat suggested we dedicate a week to Angela Carter, a writer who fits perfectly into this challenge. Her works include nine novels as well as collections of short stories, a book of essays, a volume of radio plays and two collections of journalism. We would love it if you could join us for this event, starting from Sunday, 8th June to the following Sunday, the 15th.
– The event lasts for a week
– – Choose one of the two badges for your blog/website
– – You can read/listen (to) anything by Angela Carter
– – Leave a comment here or on Caroline’s blog (or both) at any time starting today until the last day of the event. We’ll have a Mr Linky set up when the event starts so you can link to your review.
If you want me to send you an email a day or two before we start, I am happy to do it, just make sure you leave a valid email address when you comment on my blog.
I have two books I am planning to read for this week, The Bloody Chamber – a collection of short stories, and a novel, Nights at the Circus. Apart from a short story here and there, I haven’t read anything substantial by this author and I’m very excited to start on both of these books.
Author Sarah Waters writes in an introduction to Nights at the Circus:
“Her theatrical, fabular style has much in common with that of the other great magic realists, Salman Rushdie and Gabriel Garcia Marquez; but she wrote, always with a distinctly feminist agenda determined to debunk cultural fantasies around sexuality, gender and class.
She helped stimulate an excitement about feminist writing and feminist publishing (she was hugely supportive, for example, of the founding of the women’s publishing house Virago Press, in 1979), and many of her literary preoccupations – the challenging of the cannon, the rewriting of fairy tale and myth, the imagining of female utopias and dystopias – lie at the heart of much feminist writing and thought from the 1970s and ‘80s.”
I hope you’ll join Caroline and I for this event and to make things a bit easier for you, here’s the list of Angela Carter’s novels and short story collections below so you can choose whichever appeals to you the most. You can find Caroline’s intro post here. See you in June!
Novels Short story collections
Shadow Dance (1966) Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces (1974)
The Magic Toyshop (1967) The Bloody Chamber (1979)
Several Perceptions (1968) The Bridegroom (1983) – uncollected short story
Heroes and Villains (1969) Saints and Strangers (1985)- in UK published as Black Venus
Love (1971) American Ghosts and Old World Wonders – 1993
The Infernal Desires of Doctor Hoffman (1972) Burning Your Boats (1995)
The Passion of New Eve (1977) Angela Carter’s Book of Fairy Tales (1995) – as editor
Nights at the Circus (1984)
Wise Children (1991)