The Bloody Chamber & Context


The Bloody Chamber

Points to remember for context – A04

·         Carter’s collection of short stories was put together in 1979, her stories were originally published individually in a magazine called ‘bananas’. The stories were later put together to create a collection of short stories, entitled ‘The Bloody Chamber’.


·         The title of ‘The Bloody Chamber’ can be interpreted as part of the female menstrual cycle; ‘The Bloody Chamber’ can be referred to as the women’s period, something which women have no control over, which reflects within many of the stories.


·         In 1979, there were fast advances in birth control. Birth control enabled many women to take control of their bodies and when they wanted to reproduces instead of not having any control


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