Is a feminist list of short stories even a feminist list of short stories without the inclusion of Angela Carter?
I was late to Carter. I didn’t study her at school, I didn’t study her at university. A friend who read her for A Level recommended Wise Children to me. I read it not having a bloody clue what was going on. In 2010, I had to teach The Bloody Chamber to my own A Level students. It was a revelation.
In ‘The Company of Wolves’ Carter revisits Little Red Riding Hood. All the men/wolves are abusive in some way, Little Red Riding Hood has to work out how to survive in a patriarchal society. It’s not pleasant but it’s effective.
From The Bloody Chamber