To what extent does Carter’s depiction of the female within her work challenge the notion of women’s passivity within literature and society?

An essay I wrote about Angela Carter (author of The Bloody Chamber). Not primarily focused on the Gothic but has some points that can easily be applied in relation to the stereotypes of women in Gothic literature.

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To what extent does Carter's depiction of the female within her work challenge the notion of
women's passivity within literature and society?

Published in 1979, the same year as the election of Britain's first female prime minister and amidst
much progress in the cultural empowerment of women, Carter's `The Bloody…

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choker which sits `like an extraordinarily precious slit throat' is proleptic of the attempted beheading,
and the act itself suggests explicit violence as `a dozen husbands impaled a dozen brides.' According
to Robin Sheets, within the late 1970s `feminists sought to redefine pornography as a form of
violence against women…

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