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*LOOK!!!* [Dec. 21st, 2005|09:51 pm]
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There's going to be a stage version of Nights At The Circus!!!!!!!

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Angela Carter reads this year [Dec. 18th, 2005|12:46 am]
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So what novels or stories by Angela Carter have you read this year? Or articles, or miscellaneous writings, or anything at all Angela Carter-related even.
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Angela Carter as gothic writer [Dec. 17th, 2005|02:59 pm]
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I’ve been reading The Cambridge Companion to Gothic Fiction, and it mentions Angela Carter as a modern gothic writer. Do you think she was in fact a gothic writer? And what are her most gothic books?
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BBC film of Magic Toyshop [Sep. 5th, 2005|09:38 pm]
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[mood |contentcontent]
[music |chantel bucovina]

Hi fellow Angela Carter lovers, delighted this community exists. Applied to art-college nearly ten years ago, and being ask to name the artist who most influenced my work, I wrote Angela Carter....- I was told this was unacceptable as she was not a visual artist...any thoughts?

Just found a wonderful new toy called "piratebay" where great films can be had (for free!), first thing I searched for was the BBC (I think) version of the Magic Toyshop. But failed like many times before to find it....
Turned on the TV one night, aged 12 and caught the tail end of this film....ran to the library next day and got out anything she had ever written (including "The Sadeian Woman")
if any of you have any idea where to get this film I would be thrilled, and very grateful

Came accross the tattooed tigerlady recently....will try to locate picture and post here.
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"I'm basically unemployable, that's why I'm a writer" [Sep. 2nd, 2005|10:33 pm]
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[mood |blahblah]

Hello everyone. Have you seen this? I was very surprised to see they had put the whole film up. Anyway, really fascinating, and Carter seems thus far (I'm watching it right now) to be as warm, witty and intelligent as those who knew her remembered her.
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Introductory Post [Jul. 12th, 2005|12:05 am]
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[mood |nostalgicnostalgic]
[music |tick tock tick tock]

When I was a teenager I spent a lot of time at the central library. If I wasn't looking for something specific, I would often scan the shelves and wait for books to jump out at me. I found some of my favorite artists, writers and thinkers this way, such as Kenneth Patchen, Joseph Cornell, Bernard Rudofsky, Elizabeth Hawes and Angela Carter.

The first book that I read by AC was Nights at the Circus. It's been so long (17 years) that I can't conjure up many specifics, only that I became obsessed with her and set about finding every book she wrote or edited. I was in the middle of Wise Children when I heard about her death. I never finished it.

Although I have a stack of around 20 of her books on the shelf next to my bed, it's been years since I read one cover to cover. I just added her name to my list of interests tonight and stumbled upon this community. It's good to see a new generation of readers appreciating her work. Among my most prized volumes are a pb edition of her first novel Honeybuzzard, and the two children's books she wrote in the early 70's -- The Donkey Prince and Miss Z, The Dark Young Lady, but I can't say that I have a favorite.

I don't know how easy it would be to come by but The Review of Contemporary Fiction Fall 1994 devoted half an issue to an introduction, remembrances, an interview, and several critiques of her work.

I'm going to drift off to sleep with Fevvers tonight. I'm excited to revisit the circus almost a whole other lifetime since that first encounter. Thanks for reminding me.
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Another new member! [Jul. 10th, 2005|06:15 pm]
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[mood |exhaustedexhausted]
[music |Dinah Washington-Soulville]

Hello everyone,

I am glad for this community too! I must say I'm fairly new to the world of Angela Carter. I remember watching a movie called Company of Wolves when I was a little girl. Much of it was scary to me but still it fascinated me. I was too young then to understand the hidden message of losing innocence through wild and erotic dreams told as the fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood. Last year I got the chance to see that (cult)movie again. It was an eye opener for me. Right away I went looking on the web for everything about Angela Carter. I haven't read any of her books yet. I want to read Bloody Chamber and The Magic Toyshop first. Again I'm glad for this community because I wouldn't want Angela Carter to be forgotten.

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Love [Dec. 3rd, 2004|11:50 am]
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[mood |thoughtfulthoughtful]

I must admit that I had never heard of the book "Love" before. But, I saw it for sale at a book fair last week, and even though I wasn't really looking for anything new to read, I had to buy it. Aside from the obvious reason that I fully intend to read everything by Carter at some point in my life, I also bought it because it was really cheap and because it was short, so I figured it would be a good quick read. I absolutely loved it. A review on the jacket described it as a novel, but it was only 120 pages, so I would categorize it more as a novella. But I guess that's semantics, really. At any rate, it's a book that you can easily read in a short amount of time.
I think that the characters in this book are actually some of my favorites in any of Carter's books. They were unique and compelling people, and their actions, no matter how extreme, were always believable. I would describe this book as a modernized Gothic (in the traditional literary sense) romance novel. With, of course, Carter's traditional perverse touches.
The prose style is actually rather restrained by Carter's standards. However, there are a few trademark Carter touches, such as her love of incredibly long sentences. Also, the overall tone of the book is much darker than most of her work.
The only complaint I had with the book was the afterward that was added to the addition I bought. I couldn't really ascertain when it was written, but I estimate sometime in the late '80s. Carter wrote it to briefly update what had happened to the characters in the intervening years. But, for me, it was something of a let-down. Maybe I just didn't want to think of these characters growing up into lives of (for the most part) middle-class mediocrity. But I think also the tone of the afterward was sort of dismissive. As if Carter was writing off the characters' behavior as just adolescent foolishness. But more than that, I think that to me the book had a sense of not really taking place in reality. And, aside from a few references to current fashion, it didn't really seem rooted in any particular time period. However the afterward completely shattered that illusion. And also it was obvious that Carter didn't put much passion or imagination into the afterward. It seems almost as if she regarded the book as something, slightly embarrassing, that she did in her youth.
Maybe I'm nit-picking. That didn't really take anything away from my enjoyment of the book itself. I think after a while I will re-read the book, but I'll skip the afterward from now on.

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(no subject) [Nov. 10th, 2004|09:25 pm]
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I just joined this group, so I'll introduce myself. I'm Alicia, 21 y.o., live in The Netherlands, have a BA in English and I'm an MA student of Western Literature and Culture. I recently had to read Carter's Nights at the Circus and although I haven't finished it yet and I'm not really a fan of Carter's, I was interested in your views on this novel.

I had to do a presentation on the first part of Nights at the Circus a few weeks ago, in relation to Julia Kristeva and Hélène Cixous, which was difficult but also interesting, because we suspected that the main character of the novel, Fevvers, was a personification of Cixous ideas about women finding their own voice, taking their place in society and flying ('voler').

Does anyone know more about Cixous in relation to Carter?
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Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell [Oct. 19th, 2004|06:46 pm]
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[mood |tiredtired]
[music |deborah conway - under my skin]

A while back someone mentioned Susanna Clarke’s “Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell” as being somewhat in the Angela Carter mould. I very nearly didn’t buy it when I saw the size of it – I really wish this fashion for immensely long books would pass. But it was on special and lots of people have raved about it, so I bought it. I shudder to think how long it will take me to read it.
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