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Re-Conceptualizing the Gender and the Gothic mode in Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber

 

Aswathy. R

Research Scholar

Gandhigram Rural Institute

Dindigul-624302, Tamil Nadu

 

Angela Carter’s texts vehemently attacks the stereotypical notions asserted by the culture with a sturdy intention of deconstructing the collective order of society. There is an excessive use of violence, sexual brutality, pornographic contents and exuberance of female power in Carter’s writing. Makinen addresses Carter as the “avant-garde literary terrorist of feminism” (2) for savagely attacking the cultural stereotypes which is both disturbing and alienating.  Carter’s The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories is a set of re-structured fairy tales with an obtrusive purpose of altering the formula set by the traditional stories. Carter reassembles the well known fairy tales to an adult version of those tales with a feministic angle to explicate her ideas. According to Patricia Duncker, “for Carter the strength of the tale lies in the fact that it does not sink into the slough of dailiness, rather, it un-fetters the imagination. For the tale interprets rather than presents everyday experience, through ‘a system of imagery derived from subterranean areas behind everyday experience, and therefore the tale cannot betray its readers into a false knowledge’ (Afterward to Fireworks)” (3). But Dunker in her essay, “Re-imagining the Fairy Tales: Angela Carter’s Bloody Chambers” criticizes the view of Carter by affirming that,

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Re-Conceptualizing the Gender and the Gothic mode in Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber

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