Wayward Girls and Wicked Women

Wayward Girls and Wicked Women This collection of stories extols the female virtues of discontent sexual disruptiveness and bad manners

  • Title: Wayward Girls and Wicked Women
  • Author: Angela Carter
  • ISBN: 9780860685791
  • Page: 296
  • Format: Paperback
  • This collection of stories extols the female virtues of discontent, sexual disruptiveness and bad manners.

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    About “Angela Carter

    • Angela Carter

      Born Angela Olive Stalker in Eastbourne, in 1940, Carter was evacuated as a child to live in Yorkshire with her maternal grandmother As a teenager she battled anorexia She began work as a journalist on the Croydon Advertiser, following in the footsteps of her father Carter attended the University of Bristol where she studied English literature.She married twice, first in 1960 to Paul Carter They divorced after twelve years In 1969 Angela Carter used the proceeds of her Somerset Maugham Award to leave her husband and relocate for two years to Tokyo, Japan, where she claims in Nothing Sacred 1982 that she learnt what it is to be a woman and became radicalised She wrote about her experiences there in articles for New Society and a collection of short stories, Fireworks Nine Profane Pieces 1974 , and evidence of her experiences in Japan can also be seen in The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman 1972 She was there at the same time as Roland Barthes, who published his experiences in Empire of Signs 1970.She then explored the United States, Asia, and Europe, helped by her fluency in French and German She spent much of the late 1970s and 1980s as a writer in residence at universities, including the University of Sheffield, Brown University, the University of Adelaide, and the University of East Anglia In 1977 Carter married Mark Pearce, with whom she had one son.As well as being a prolific writer of fiction, Carter contributed many articles to The Guardian, The Independent and New Statesman, collected in Shaking a Leg She adapted a number of her short stories for radio and wrote two original radio dramas on Richard Dadd and Ronald Firbank Two of her fictions have been adapted for the silver screen The Company of Wolves 1984 and The Magic Toyshop 1987 She was actively involved in both film adaptations, her screenplays are published in the collected dramatic writings, The Curious Room, together with her radio scripts, a libretto for an opera of Virginia Wolf s Orlando, an unproduced screenplay entitled The Christchurch Murders based on the same true story as Peter Jackson s Heavenly Creatures and other works These neglected works, as well as her controversial television documentary, The Holy Family Album, are discussed in Charlotte Crofts book, Anagrams of Desire 2003.At the time of her death, Carter was embarking on a sequel to Charlotte Bront s Jane Eyre based on the later life of Jane s stepdaughter, Ad le Varens However, only a synopsis survives.Her novel Nights at the Circus won the 1984 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for literature.Angela Carter died aged 51 in 1992 at her home in London after developing lung cancer Her obituary published in The Observer said, She was the opposite of parochial Nothing, for her, was outside the pale she wanted to know about everything and everyone, and every place and every word She relished life and language hugely, and reveled in the diverse.

    930 thoughts on “Wayward Girls and Wicked Women

    • As I have said before, any short story collection usually tends to collect 3 stars from me. This is only logical, as any collection will contain the good, the bad and the average: so the mean is likely to cluster around the centre for most (hence the bell-shaped curve of the normal distribution). The exceptions occur when the editor goes out of his/ her way to choose extremely good (or bad!) stories: or when the stories revolve around a common theme, giving and taking from one another, so that t [...]

    • Perhaps a complete review some day but in the meantimeThe average of the individual story ratings (out to four decimal places): 3.8056INCLUDES:• "The Last Crop" by Elizabeth Jolley: ★★★½• "The Débutante" by Leonora Carrington: ★★★★• from The Gloria Stories by Rocky Gámez: ★★★• "Life" by Bessie Head: ★★★• "A Guatemalan Idyll" by Jane Bowles: ★★• "The Young Girl" by Katherine Mansfield: ★★★• "Three Feminist Fables" by Suniti Namjoshi: ★★★ [...]

    • Updating as I read each story:'Life' gets 4 stars. Loved the narrator's voice. I'm with Sianana: I think Lesego planned it all from the beginning.The Gloria Stories' gets 3 stars. It read like the start of a longer story rather than a stand alone short. Interesting characters, but an unsatisfying ending.'The Last Crop' gets 4 stars: a clever story, believable characters and a strong voice. I liked the daughter's view of her mother and brother, and although I could see the end coming I didn't fee [...]

    • Although I really enjoy Angela Carter's own short stories, evidently I'm not as keen on her choice of those of other writers. Perhaps it was the collection of so many female-centred stories in one book, but I did feel that I was being beaten over the head with conspicious feminism a lot of the time, as strings of women were driven to the titular 'wickedness' through the opressive situations in which they found themselves rather than any real fault of their own. The tone of the book seems to ask [...]

    • Most choices in this anthology were great, the stories are rich and fast-paced, full of energy. The contributors are wonderfully diverse geographically and in terms of historical times. There are contributors from China, Egypt, Victorian England and more. Carter’s story wasn’t actually my favorite and although I was very excited to be reading my first story ever by Katherine Mansfield, I found the latter to be tedious and pointless. But I made a few interesting discoveries of new-to-me autho [...]

    • Wildly uneven, Wayward Girls and Wicked Women wavers so much in tone that it’s hard to form any coherent opinion of it. The women don’t seem wayward or wicked (for the most part) so much as bordering on hysteria, a term the Greeks used centuries ago when women acted in ways the menfolk didn’t understand. From two old maid sisters reported on in a meandering fashion by a woman trapped in her own past to a modern Medea to a wife and mother making a flailing leap at lesbianism (you’re not s [...]

    • A collection of short stories put together by Angela Carter, in which girls are most definitely not made of sugar and spice and all things nice, and aren't really judged for it either.Whilst I didn't enjoy these as much as I did Carter's own short stories (probably the reason why the only one by her within, The Loves of Lady Purple, was my favourite), these tales written in a variety of ways and from various countries were always told from an interesting perspective and had enough going on that [...]

    • Very much enjoyed this collection of stories. Some of the authors represented here I'd read before, but many were new to me and with the exception of one story I'd read before at a workshop, these stories were new to me too.

    • An eclectic assortment of short works by women. The absolute highlight of the collection was Colette's "Rainy Moon"--it blew me away. I honestly didn't finish the book because I often need to be in the right "mood" to read a collection like this all the way through. It was great for a quick 20 pages before bed or a short train ride. I look forward to finishing it and I'm intrigued by Angela Carter (the editor of this collection) and the short story of hers that she included.

    • The two shortest stories in this collection - Suniti Namjoshi's Three Feminist Fables, and Jamaica Kincaid's Girl - are both awesome. Carter's Loves of Lady Purple and Andree Chedid's The Long Trial are also excellent. The rest are varied, mostly okay but not great.

    • Much like any book of short stories there was that awkward ratio of dreck to good. But glad to have read it. Can't remember when I finished it but noticed it was still in my 'reading' list today. whoops!

    • There is so much to love about this book. Angela Carter is the editor, so you know she picked some good ones. There are no idealized interpretations of women here, and Leonora Carrington's hilarious "The Debutante" is included, which is probably my most favorite story ever.

    • It pains me to give two stars to a collection of stories by and about women, but unfortunately most of them didn't do much for me. I also wouldn't call most of the stories in this collection subversive, but maybe that's just me.

    • I did enjoy some stories more than others particularly 'The Last Crop' and 'Oke of Okehurst'. But overall the impression this collection left me with was that for many of the women and in some cases the male characters, life was bleak, lonely and often tragic.

    • I always struggle with books of short stories because they are hard to get engrossed with. Some of the stories in this book were very good but some were just a bit slow.

    • If I had a time machine, I would go back and give Angela Carter a big wet kiss. This collection is an inspiration to readers and to women.

    • Really couldn't get my head around this. Most of the stories were just too far out for me so I have abandoned it.

    • Yea, I don't know. I guess I'm not a big fan of short stories. Some of them were excellent, some of them were just plain strange.

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