By the time of her death in 1992, Angela Carter had come to be regarded as one of the most successful and original British authors of the twentieth-century, and her writing has subsequently become the focus of a burgeoning body of criticism. This book disentangles the cult of Angela Carter as 'the fairy godmother of magical realism' from her own claims to be a materialist and a 'demythologiser' by placing her within the social, political and theoretical context within which she wrote. Drawing on Carter's own autobiographical articles as well as her novels and short stories, this study examines her engagement with topical issues such as national (particularly English) identity, class, politics and feminism, assessing the relationship between her life, her times and her art.
SARAH GAMBLE is Senior Lecturer in English and Gender at the University of Wales, Swansea, UK. She is the author of Angela Carter: Writing from the Front Line and the editor of Angela Carter: A Reader's Guide to Essential Criticism. In addition, she is the editor of The Routledge Companion to Feminism and Postfeminism. She has also published essays on a variety of contemporary women writers, including Pat Barker and Carol Shields.