Angela Cartella Cinderella Theory

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The aim of this essay is to analyse Angela Carter’s version of the story of Cinderella from a feminist and a psychoanalytic perspective. To show students that there is more than one version of the same story, this collection of short stories could be introduced in a class of students of 1st of Bachillerato. In order to understand the analysis of the stories, a short introduction will be done. The collection of short stories “Ashputtle or The Mother’s Ghost: three versions of one story” has been taken from the book American Ghosts and Old World Wonders written by the Canadian feminist writer Angela Carter in 1987. Carter, known for her use of irony when writing her feminist stories so as to criticise the patriarchal society, confessed some…show more content…
The first one, “The Mutilated Girls” follows more or less the classical plot since Carter says that if she had changed it, she would have had to “provide a past for all these people, equip them with three dimensions ... they would have to learn to think and everything would change” (Carter 1993: 113). In this story she pays more attention to paternity and…show more content…
First of all, the idea of the maternal figure will be dealt with. Julia Kristeva is a psychoanalyst and feminist writer who talks about what she calls the “semiotic” and the “symbolic”; for her, all signification is made up of these two elements. On the one hand, the semiotic element can be associated with Lacan’s pre-mirror stage, understanding the “mirror-stage” as the moment when the child starts to “see himself, to find himself” in the mirror. So according to Kristeva, the semiotic element comes before this moment, it is associated with the maternal body which is, according to professor Kelly Oliver “the first source of rhythms, tones and movements for every human

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