Presentation Title

Myth Reborn: Angela Carter's use of Leda and the Swan in The Magic Toyshop and Nights of the Circus

Presenter Information

Amy SatherFollow

Advisor Information

Kristen Girten

Location

UNO Criss Library, Room 231

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

2-3-2018 11:30 AM

End Date

2-3-2018 11:45 AM

Abstract

Recent scholarship argues that acclaimed novelist Angela Carter is a difficult brand of feminist because her critique cultural myths about women’s roles often comes too close to sounding like a defense of patriarchy. Her critique is especially difficult to classify at the beginning of her career before the feminist movement began to provide aspiring women writers with women models to follow. By comparing her use of the Leda and the Swan myth in The Magic Toyshop and Nights of the Circus, it is possible to see the evolution of Carter’s critique of patriarchy from fledgling experimentation to full-bodied critique where she recolonizes a myth central to British literary culture as tool to inspire liberation.

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Mar 2nd, 11:30 AM Mar 2nd, 11:45 AM

Myth Reborn: Angela Carter's use of Leda and the Swan in The Magic Toyshop and Nights of the Circus

UNO Criss Library, Room 231

Recent scholarship argues that acclaimed novelist Angela Carter is a difficult brand of feminist because her critique cultural myths about women’s roles often comes too close to sounding like a defense of patriarchy. Her critique is especially difficult to classify at the beginning of her career before the feminist movement began to provide aspiring women writers with women models to follow. By comparing her use of the Leda and the Swan myth in The Magic Toyshop and Nights of the Circus, it is possible to see the evolution of Carter’s critique of patriarchy from fledgling experimentation to full-bodied critique where she recolonizes a myth central to British literary culture as tool to inspire liberation.