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Re-presenting Charles Baudelaire/Re-presencing Jeanne Duval: Transformations of the muse in Angela Carter' 'Black Venus'

Munford, Rebecca Jane 2004. Re-presenting Charles Baudelaire/Re-presencing Jeanne Duval: Transformations of the muse in Angela Carter' 'Black Venus'. Forum for Modern Language Studies 40 (1) , pp. 1-13. 10.1093/fmls/40.1.1

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Abstract

This article examines Angela Carter's “Black Venus” (1985) as an intertextual re-working of Charles Baudelaire's iconographic representation of Jeanne Duval as muse in Les Fleurs du Mal (1857 and 1861). Although “Black Venus” has received relatively little critical attention, this article proposes that it is crucial to a consideration of Carter's self-positioning as a feminist writer and, in particular, her equivocation towards her predominantly male French literary influences and intertexts.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Angela Carter, Charles Baudelaire, Jeanne Duval, feminist criticism, muse, decadence, prostitute
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0015-8518
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 01:51
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/3655

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