• The Hub

    News, Notes, Talk

    Your favorite writer Angela Carter was a socialist too!

    Emily Temple

    May 7, 2019, 12:33pm

    In 1985, the legendary Angela Carter sat down for an interview with Lisa Appignanesi. In the video below, they discuss Freud, work, politics, The Bloody Chamber, motherhood, and de Sade, among other things—including Carter’s socialism, which she argues works in tandem with her fabulist sensibility.

    LA: You say, you have said, that you’re a socialist, and yet—

    AC: Absolutely! What do you mean?

    LA: [Laughs] Yet I mean, the kind of writing that you do has very little to do with that kind of gritty naturalism that one associates normally with socialist writing.

    AC: You mean that Stalinist deviation? Soviet social realism? Well, that’s true. . . Restructuring of the way that we perceive reality is an essential part of being a socialist. Or why bother? You’re not a socialist because you think that it’s a good idea for the world to be endlessly recapitulated just as it is this very minute.

    True enough. And if you’re on a Carter kick (it’s her birthday, after all) you may also enjoy this Angela Carter fan art and/or an excerpt from her biography in which she definitely gives no fucks. We stan.

  • Become a Lit Hub Supporting Member: Because Books Matter

    For the past decade, Literary Hub has brought you the best of the book world for free—no paywall. But our future relies on you. In return for a donation, you’ll get an ad-free reading experience, exclusive editors’ picks, book giveaways, and our coveted Joan Didion Lit Hub tote bag. Most importantly, you’ll keep independent book coverage alive and thriving on the internet.

    %d bloggers like this: