Angela Carter and Surrealism: 'A Feminist Libertarian by Anna Watz

By Anna Watz

In 1972, Angela Carter translated Xavière Gauthier’s ground-breaking feminist critique of the surrealist stream, Surréalisme et sexualité (1971). even if the interpretation used to be by no means released, the venture without delay proven and consolidated Carter’s earlier curiosity in surrealism, illustration, gender and hope and aided her formula of a brand new surrealist-feminist aesthetic. Carter’s sustained engagement with surrealist aesthetics and politics in addition to surrealist scholarship aptly demonstrates what's at stake for feminism on the intersection of avant-garde aesthetics and the illustration of ladies and feminine wish. Drawing on formerly unexplored archival fabric, reminiscent of typescripts, journals, and letters, Anna Watz’s research is the 1st to track the complete volume to which Carter’s writing used to be stimulated via the surrealist stream and its severe historical past. Watz’s booklet is a vital contribution to scholarship on Angela Carter in addition to to modern feminist debates on surrealism, and may entice students around the fields of up to date British fiction, feminism, and literary and visible surrealism.

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