Angela Olive Carter-Pearce (née Stalker; 7 May 1940 16 February 1992) was a British fiction writer and feminist scholar.Born to Working-Class Parents, Angela was talented from an early age, however she had a mother who wanted her to remain a kid, in revenge she did everything her mother didn't want with delight. After marrying she went to University, she began to published and won the Somerset Maugham Award, she moved to Japan where her work was forever changed.
She returned to Britain with Japan remaining her works like "The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman" and Fireworks. After working as a teacher with a new stay at home husband, she wrote "The Bloody Chamber" which results in her becoming a writer full time, she was friends with Jeanette Winterson and Neil Jordon whom she co-wrote the Film The Company of Wolves. Sadly her success was shortlived, she died of Cancer in 1992 leaving her Second Husband, her son and a giant legacy.In 2018 a Documentary on the BBC had Margaret Atwood, Anne Enright and Salman Rushdie among others talk of their friendship with Carter and her works.
Works of Angela Carter:
Tropes in her works include:
- All Psychology Is Freudian: Parodied in The Passion of New Eve.
- Double Standard: Rape, Male on Male: The hero of The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman is repeatedly sodomised by an entire all-male circus troupe until he barely knows who he is. Being a Carter story, this is presented as just another part of the hero's Character Development.
- Grimmification: The Bloody Chamber retells various fairy tales, making them (even) darker.
- Incest Is Relative: A recurring theme in her work.
- Magical Realism
- Purple Prose: Carter is not afraid to show her erudition.
- Wham Line: The last sentence of "Lizzie's Tiger.""What are they Canucks doing with little Lizzie Borden?"
- You Sexy Beast: In the aforementioned Doctor Hoffman, some centaurs get extremely intimate with both the hero and his lover Albertina.