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Special Section: The Short Story in Context

Ec-centric Women: Angela Carter and the Short Story Anthology

Aleix Tura Vecino
p. 77-92

Abstract

À travers l’analyse de la manière dont Angela Carter a conçu et composé l’anthologie Wayward Girls and Wicked Women (Filles indociles, Femmes mauvaises, 1986), le présent article poursuit un double objectif : premièrement, il soutient que la forme de l’anthologie fournit à Carter un contexte unique qu’elle utilise savamment pour théoriser et développer ses idées sur des questions d’identité de genre. À la lumière de cela, le rôle de l’anthologie en tant que forme de publication est reconsidéré dans l’œuvre de Carter pour commencer ainsi à combler une lacune au sein de sa critique, où son rôle d’éditrice d’anthologies a été largement ignoré. Deuxièmement, l’article associe Wayward Girls and Wicked Women à une série d’anthologies de la même trempe, publiées par Virago Press à peu près à la même période. Mises côte à côte, ces publications montrent que l’anthologie de nouvelles dédiées aux femmes a activement participé au changement de paradigme concernant les conceptualisations de l’identité de genre qui a eu lieu avec l’avènement de la pensée poststructuraliste au cours des années 1980 et jusqu’au début des années 1990.

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Studied authors :

Angela Carter

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Full text document will be published online on December 2020.

Outline

Ec-centric Women
The Anthology and “Minor” Literature

First lines

Short story criticism is only beginning to think about the publishing form of the anthology as a significant context in the study of short fiction. Yet, attention to this genre is key to understand the full extent of the functions that the short story has fulfilled and continues to fulfil in our culture. Whilst many critics have remarked upon the instrumentality of anthologies in securing the commercial success of the short form, some have more recently argued that the genre plays a major role in expanding the cultural remit and relevance of the short story, and that the anthology has a significant influence on the development of short fiction as a literary form more broadly. In her 2015 article, “Variety in Unity, Unity in Variety,” Kasia Boddy pointed to the increasing importance of short story anthologies in the twentieth century due to their capacity to work as “metaphors” for the “cultural pluralism” which has come to characterise many societies in the West in general and in th...

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Bibliographical reference

Aleix Tura Vecino, « Ec-centric Women: Angela Carter and the Short Story Anthology », Journal of the Short Story in English, 71 | 2018, 77-92.

Electronic reference

Aleix Tura Vecino, « Ec-centric Women: Angela Carter and the Short Story Anthology », Journal of the Short Story in English [Online], 71 | Autumn 2018, Online since 01 December 2020, connection on 06 August 2020. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/jsse/2183

About the author

Aleix Tura Vecino

Aleix Tura Vecino is a PhD candidate in English Literature at the University of Stirling. He is developing a thesis on short story anthologies and the politics of gender. His project explores the form of the short story anthology as a literary genre and the cultural role that these texts have performed and continue to perform in relation to the development of discourses of gender from the 1980s onwards. He has previously published, on this subject, the article “The Secret Self: ‘literary’ women-only short story anthologies and the modernist paradigm.” He also teaches modules on modernism and textuality at the University of Stirling and at the University of Glasgow respectively.

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