History Literature / ThePassionOfNewEve

2nd Mar '14 8:12:22 AM Ecclytennysmithylove
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* {{Squick}}: The sex-scenes in this book are crimes against Nature. They're hysterical. Which is to say, they might drive someone into fits of hysteria.
11th Mar '13 12:24:12 AM Xtifr
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''The Passion of New Eve'' (1977) is a {{Dystopia}}n novel by Creator/AngelaCarter.

It's about a British man, Evelyn, who is, well, ''castrated by [[StrawFeminist Militant Feminists]]'' and made into "a New Eve". It's a satire on Feminism in general, Freudianism, and all other sorts of things. Also features a Dystopic America in the process of caving in on itself.
!! Tropes in ''The Passion of New Eve'':
* AllPsychologyIsFreudian: Mother's reverse-Oedipal philosophizing
* AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame
* AmazonBrigade
* AngryBlackMan: They rove in gangs through the BigApplesauce, in ''tanks''. They just bombed Grand Central Station, and they're putting blockades up around Harlem...
* ApocalypseHow
* BaitAndSwitchLesbians: Actually, there's hardly any lesbianism in the book, but "Bait-and-Switch", there's plenty of
* BigApplesauce: In all the worst ways.
* BodyHorror: A lot of it, but the blue ribbon goes to Mother--the self-created Fertility Goddess. Her army of Amazons have each sacrificed a breast to her, which [[{{Squick}} she has grafted onto herself]], so she has [[MarshmallowHell two giant rows of tits]].
* BrainwashedAndCrazy
* CloserToEarth
* DoesNotLikeMen: Parodied
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt
* FanDisservice: So, '''so''' much.
* {{Gonk}}: Mother.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Just when the Evelyn/Eve joke has been made one too many time, the narrator (at this point, just post-castration, "turned into my own diminutive, Eve, the [[IncrediblyLamePun shortened]] form of Evelyn") says
--> "Perhaps, I thought, they had utilised my tender body because they couldn't resist the horrid pun of my name, with all its teasing connotations."
* MarshmallowHell: This trope is inadequate to encompass Carter's description of Evelyn being [[IncrediblyLamePun sMothered]] by Mother's gargantuan mammarian underworld.
* MeaningfulName: Eve(lyn), Lilith, and Zero.
* MoralMyopia
* NoNameGiven: Mother.
* QuintessentialBritishGentleman: Evelyn starts out as this. Sort of.
* ScaryBlackMan
* {{Squick}}: The sex-scenes in this book are crimes against Nature. They're hysterical. Which is to say, they might drive someone into fits of hysteria.
* StrawFeminist: Featured ohhhh so very prominently.
* TooDumbToLive: Evelyn. Seriously.
* {{Transsexual}}: Evelyn --> Eve...
** The title-character even [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on [[ContrivedCoincidence how ridiculous]] it is that a man named Evelyn would be the subject of Mother's transsexual transformation.
* WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief: The whole surgery, turning Evelyn into Eve in a couple months. Of course, this was written in 1977, so I think that might actually have been even ''more'' science-fiction then than it is now.
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