Angela Carter's Adventures in the Wonderland of Nonsense
Dernière modification: 2007-06-27
It is now well-established that Angela Carter's major works are either re-writings of famous narratives, quotations stitched together from previous textual fabrics, or textual threads delicately pulled from a wide range of hypotexts. In "Alice in Prague or the Curious Room", Carter draws her inspiration from the imaginative feast that is Lewis Carroll's Alice cycle. Like Carroll's Alice, Carter's heroine draws a door on the mirror, pulls it and lands in a curious room. However, the Carterian wonderland oscillates between the historical Rudolph II's palace and the surrealist settings of moviemaker Jan Svankmayer. Thus, animate creatures come along with historical figures such as Dr Dee, a famous alchemist and eminent figure of esoteric wisdom, who attended the court of Elizabeth I and was later exiled into the court of The Archduke Rudolph II.
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