Helen Stoddart is a lecturer at Keele University.[for seasonals only]Angela Carter's Nights at the Circus (1984), the story of anbsp;performer who claims to have grown wings, typifies the inventiveness and the politics of this crucial writer's work.nbsp; It is a key text for courses on feminist literature or women's writing, and also for courses on British fiction, twentieth-century writing or magic realism.
In the UK it is also studied by many A level students.Presenting an introduction to Angela Carter's 'Nights At The Circus', this title is a key text for courses on feminist literature or women's writing, and also for courses on British fiction, 20th century writing or magic realism.A highly original and influential work of modern British literature, Angela Carters Nights at the Circus combines 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 Carters complex novel, presents: an accessible introduction to the text and contexts of Nights 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 the Nights 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 linksbetween texts, contexts and criticism suggestions for further reading. Part of the Routledge Guides to Literature series, this volume is essential reading for all those beginning detailed study of Nights at the Circus and seeking not only a guide to the novel, but a way through the wealth of contextual and critical material that surrounds Carters text.Surveying the many interpretations of this provocative text, this guide showcases a selection of new critical essays to present those beginning a detailed study of the novel, a way through the contextual and critical material that surrounds it."Part of the Routledge Guides to Literature series, this volume is essential reading for all chose beginning detailed study of Nights at the Circus and seeking not only a guide to the novel, but also a way through the wealth of contextual and critical material that surrounds Carter's text."--BOOK JACKET.
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