Musings: Angela Carter & The Bloody Chamber

The Bloody Chamber: Blood. Using blood as the starting point, my initial thoughts are on Carter’s title, its allusions and its uses in a wider feminist discussion. A woman’s fertility and her sexuality come down to blood: Hot-blooded, intimacy, rituals, cults and covens, blood bonds; there’s a mysticism surrounding blood and its potency. Feminist artists … Continue reading Musings: Angela Carter & The Bloody Chamber

Romanticism: Women and Realism in the poetry of William Wordsworth

The exotic, oriental, mystic and ‘Other’ qualities of Romanticism allow for the erotic and sexualised undertones of women in an escapist vein. When we invert this model, grounded in realist concerns, the naturalistic poetry of William Wordsworth appears sympathetic to the cause of women in their adversity. Critics such as Katharine Merrill have agreed that … Continue reading Romanticism: Women and Realism in the poetry of William Wordsworth

Romanticism: Women and Sexuality in ‘Christabel’ by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) frames Christabel (1816) within Gothicism, extending on the occult forces of the “Other” embodied by women. Coleridge had written on the presentation of female characters in Gothic literature stating that they were either models of ‘trembling innocence’ or of ‘shameless harlotry’[1]. This statement correlates with a view within the sphere of … Continue reading Romanticism: Women and Sexuality in ‘Christabel’ by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The Yellow Wallpaper: Hysteria, Rest Cures & Gender Theory

Throughout Victorian culture, ‘The angel in the house’ works as a one-dimensional character identity, however, in ‘The Yellow Paper’ Charlotte Perkins Gilman chooses to write about a 19th century woman who overtly experiences a crisis of the self and case of conflicted identity. This becomes evident at first through the division of the ‘rational’ which … Continue reading The Yellow Wallpaper: Hysteria, Rest Cures & Gender Theory