The Feminism of Uncertainty: A Gender Diary
Ann Snitow is Associate Professor of Literature and Gender Studies at Lang College, The New School, in New York City. A longtime activist, Snitow has cofounded The Network of East-West Women, No More Nice Girls, and New York Radical Feminists. She has written for The Village Voice, The Nation, The Women’s Review of Books, Dissent, and many other publications, and is coeditor of Powers of Desire: The Politics of Sexuality and The Feminist Memoir Project: Voices from Women's Liberation.
Inside the Circus Tent: Excerpts from an Interview with Angela Carter, 1988
In 1988, Angela Carter came to New York and she and Snitow had a two-hour conversation. The talk ranged widely, including Carter’s belief that if we could only slide Marx and Freud together we might make sense of things; her regrets that she writes too beautifully, her elaborate style getting in her way; her eagle eye for style in general; her observations of differences between America (white hats and black hats) and England (shades of grey); her love for the novelist Christina Stead, whom she considers one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century; her analysis of the difference between French socialism (logical, Lenin) and English (dreamy, Romantic, visionary). Here she makes explicit what is elsewhere only subtlety implied: She is a leftist feminist, and for all her magical effects, a hardheaded critic of our times. This is a relatively rare interview with an author who died tragically early.