Angela Carter's Nights at the Circus: A Routledge Study Guide by Helen StoddartAngela Carter's Nights at the Circus: A Routledge Study Guide by Helen Stoddart

Angela Carter's Nights at the Circus: A Routledge Study Guide

byHelen StoddartEditorHelen Stoddart

Paperback | September 5, 2007

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A highly original and influential work of modern British literature, Angela Carter'sNights at the Circuscombines a fantastically creative plot with a strong political undertone. The result is an emotive and provocative novel, which has attracted much critical attention from a range of perspectives including poststructuralism, gender studies, postmodernism and psychoanalysis.

This guide to Angela Carter's complex novel, presents:

  • an accessible introduction to the text and contexts ofNights at the Circus
    a critical history, surveying the many interpretations of the text from publication to the present
  • a selection of new critical essays on theNights at the Circus, by Heather Johnson, Jeannette Baxter, Sarah Sceats and Helen Stoddart, providing a variety of perspectives on the novel and extending the coverage of key critical approaches identified in the survey section
  • cross-references between sections of the guide, in order to suggest links between texts, contexts and criticism
  • suggestions for further reading.

Part of theRoutledge Guides to Literatureseries, this volume is essential reading for all those beginning detailed study ofNights at the Circusand seeking not only a guide to the novel, but a way through the wealth of contextual and critical material that surrounds Carter's text.

Helen Stoddartis a lecturer at Keele University. She is interested in research on the circus; its history, cultural influences and implications and, most particularly, its representation in other forms such as literature and cinema.
Title:Angela Carter's Nights at the Circus: A Routledge Study GuideFormat:PaperbackDimensions:154 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.6 inPublished:September 5, 2007Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415350123

ISBN - 13:9780415350129


Table of Contents

Introduction.  Part 1: Nights at the Circus: Text and Contexts  Angela Carter: Biography and Writing.  Forms of Writing.  Academic Contexts.  Internationalism.  Recognition.  Britain: 1890s, 1960s and 1980s.  Literary Contexts and Beyond.  Walter Benjamin and the 'Angel of History'.  Michel Foucault and the Panopticon.  Laura Mulvey, Women and 'to-be-looked-at-ness'.  Mikhail Bakhtin: The Carnivalesque and the Grotesque.  Postmodernism: Intertextuality, Bricolage, and Metafiction.  Magical Realism.  Masquerade and the Performative Part 2: Critical History  Reviews.  Gender, Feminism and the Carnivalesque.  History and Politics.  Postmodernism.  Genre: Picaresque and Gothic Part 3: Critical Readings  Metafiction, Magical Realism, and Myth.  Postmodernism.  Gender, Performance, and Identity.  Popular Culture, Carnival and Clowns. Further Reading.