Feminism In Angela Carter

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Angela Carter does not speak of a Feminism that succumbs to patriarchal pressure. She allows certain cracks and fissures to become visible in patriarchal structure and roles. Her treatment of the characters and situations is notably ambitious. Her reworking of myths and weaving of imaginary situations evoke ideas of liberation and changes. Carter’s female heroes in The Passion of New Eve and Nights at the Circus are not merely victims of sexual harassment or rape. They are masculine females able to pose a challenge to all patriarchal norms. Both these novels provide Carter opportunities to redefine masculinity. She succeeds in crediting her female protagonists with strong degree of autonomy and in making her male protagonists convincingly drawn human beings. Carter’s imaginary flights to worlds where women are installed as beings of power are prophetic in every sense. Both Fevvers and the New Eve are symbolic representations …show more content…

To ensure the safe and free future of women, she deconstructs the myth of the creation of Eve. The events treated in the novel take place in an unspecified future when urban civilization is on the verge of collapse. The man named Evelyn regards women as inferior, treating them as sex objects. He is involved in a torrid love affair with the black prostitute Leilah. But he is duly punished by the feminists. He is captured by band feminist guerilla fighters who deliver him up to their leader mother, “a parodic portrait of matriarchal superwoman” (Contemporary Women’s Fiction 18). The Mother of Beulah is certainly a representation of the revengeful and powerful superwoman that Carter envisages for the future. The mother uses Evelyn as a material in her experiment to create the perfect women. It very clearly suggests that it id men, not women, who require liberating from the tyranny of gender

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