Saturday, 17 November 2012

Angela Carter, and Alan Garner - fantasy and fairy tale reading for a Saturday night

  I was saving a post for tomorrow on another mystery I read and was enthralled by.  I still plan it, but I just had to share this link with you.  It comes by way of Terri Windling's blog, The Drawing Board, a quick post here about an article on Angela Carter.  She provides the link to The Paris Review, and an astonishing article on Angela Carter and her legacy. It's a wonderful post, by Marina Warner, who is a specialist in writing about fairy tales herself.   Most of the post is about The Bloody Chamber, which I read a few years ago, and to which I also responded to in a deep, subterranean way.  Some of the images and the feel of the stories linger in me, a sign that they (and Carter) have touched a deep place in me.  Imagine if there had been no Angela Carter - what would have happened to fairy tales, which were languishing in the abandoned corner of children's literature?  Scorned as old and after Disney got through with them, sickly sweet? She revolutionized and modernized the fairy tale by re-imagining them, writing in a voice that as Warner says, makes the tales real - using physical location and senses, light, dark, using all the dark and bloody things fairy tales are really about, so something deep in us does sit up and take notice. Fairy tales are alive today, and the article argues that it is mostly because of Angela Carter and The Bloody Chamber. 

Go read the article, and I hope it is as illuminating for you as it was for me.  Then go back to Terri Windling's blog, where she has a very short post about Alan Garner's new book Boneland, and some links to some interesting articles about it and him. 

Fantasy and fairy tale and myth reading for Saturday night.  Enjoy!!

7 comments:

Kailana said...

Oh, I will have to check this out!

Ana @ things mean a lot said...

Oh, thank you for this! I love Marina Warner.

Susan said...

Kailana: I hope you enjoy it!

Ana: It was an interesting article, wasn't it? You're welcome :-)

mel u said...

Last week I saw the collected short stories of Angela Carter in on of the book stores in a mall near us in Manila-I decided I would see if I could read one of her stories on line then come back in a couple of days and buy it. I loved the story I read but when I came back the book was gone!

Susan said...

Mel: I'm so sorry! That is an awful feeling, isn't it? Can you order the book through the store? Or was it a one-off?

Susan said...

Mel: I forgot to ask, which story was it you read that you enjoyed so much?

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