Where did Angela Carter get her ideas from?
Justin lives in a city with a high-
Rescued by his mother, whom he meets when working as a bar boy in an entertainment centre, he is reunited with his love. But as they come together, the house is invaded by Ku Klux Klanswomen who ritually emasculate him.
Having had it refused by Virago -
She never returned it, but it obviously exercised a powerful hold on her imagination. Three years later, she produced The Passion of New Eve, a novel about a ruined New York surrounded by a wall and ruled by rampant feminist terrorists. They capture the protagonist, and surgically transform him into a woman. A year later, she followed up with Sadeian Woman, a study of Justine. "She is a child who knows how to be good to please daddy; but the existence of daddy, her god, the abstract virtue to which she constantly refers, prevents her from acting for herself."
The two novels' similarity is startling. Their contrasts, even more so. Justin is
a male writer's attempt at bringing male readers to realise what their traditional
treatment made women feel. It reads like a roller coaster, and is full of blue and
black humour. New Eve is a surreal projecting of a male character into the experience
of being a woman, by a female writer with an always-
Remember the articles she wrote for Men Only, about her two-
Reading the two together gives a unique insight into the imagination of a highly controversial writer and her way with found material.
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