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The English novelist and storyteller, Angela Carter, was also a major feminist thinker critical of the feminist anti-pornography position. Gorgeously inventive in her fictional accounts of women’s sexual adventures, she wrote stories in which Little Red Riding Hood gets pleasure from sleeping with the wolf and Beauty beds down with the Beast and becomes an animal herself. Carter’s narratives explore women’s resistance to male control. Her female puppets cut the strings being pulled by the male puppeteer. This piece surveys her writing, including her book on the Marquis de Sade, her feminist rewriting of fairy tales in The Bloody Chamber, and her extraordinary collection of short stories, Saints and Strangers. It concludes with a review and appreciation of her last novel, Wise Children.

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