Fantasies of Femininity Redressed: Angela Carter’s Authorial Self-Fashioning

  • Kimberly J. LauEmail author


Angela Carter was long fascinated by fashion, fairy tales, and femininity. They were, for her, enduring provocations and paradoxical puzzles, and their underlying structures not only piqued her interest but also inspired the play and irreverence so characteristic of her work. This chapter explores the ways the three topics are productively entangled in the reimagined fairy tales for which Carter is perhaps best known as well as in her novels and short fiction, her journalistic sketches, even her performances of self. Focusing on Carter’s ongoing play with these themes and forms, these narrative legacies and their cultural politics, this chapter contends that they ultimately define her voice and facilitate her self-fashioning as a writer and as a woman.

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  1. 1.University of California, Santa CruzSanta CruzUSA

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