The Bloody Chamber Essay

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Laroche has taught literature and writing at Bates College, Albertus Magnus College, and Yale University. In the following essay, she discusses how Carter's story interweaves elements of three literary genres.

In "The Bloody Chamber," Angela Carter incorporates the elements of three genres, or categories, of literature in her writing, creating a distinct style that could be called "Carterian." This long story subtly links the fairy tale, Gothic literature, and pornographic literature. The thread that connects these three kinds of writing is the theme of curiosity, the human impulse that motivates an individual to uncover what is hidden or unknown.

Fairy tales not only entertain the children to whom they are told, but they also teach them the behavior a particular culture considers proper. The teller of the tales, usually a maternal figure, presents these stories to children as examples of how to act or how not to...

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