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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 move, Surréalisme et sexualité (1971). even if the interpretation was once by no means released, the undertaking right away proven and consolidated Carter’s past 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 girls 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 whole quantity to which Carter’s writing was once motivated via the surrealist stream and its serious history. Watz’s booklet is a crucial contribution to scholarship on Angela Carter in addition to to modern feminist debates on surrealism, and should attract students around the fields of latest British fiction, feminism, and literary and visible surrealism.

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