By Anna Watz

In 1972, Angela Carter translated Xavière Gauthier’s ground-breaking feminist critique of the surrealist circulate, Surréalisme et sexualité (1971). even though the interpretation was once by no means released, the undertaking instantly proven and consolidated Carter’s prior curiosity in surrealism, illustration, gender and hope and aided her formula of a brand new surrealist-feminist aesthetic. Carter’s sustained engagement with surrealist aesthetics and politics in addition to surrealist scholarship aptly demonstrates what's at stake for feminism on the intersection of avant-garde aesthetics and the illustration of girls and feminine wish. Drawing on formerly unexplored archival fabric, similar to typescripts, journals, and letters, Anna Watz’s learn is the 1st to track the total volume to which Carter’s writing was once prompted by means of the surrealist stream and its severe historical past. Watz’s publication is a crucial contribution to scholarship on Angela Carter in addition to to modern feminist debates on surrealism, and should entice students around the fields of latest British fiction, feminism, and literary and visible surrealism.

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