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The Company of Wolves$
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James Gracey

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325314

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325314.001.0001

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Seeing Red

Seeing Red

(p.61) Chapter Four: Seeing Red
The Company of Wolves

James Gracey

Liverpool University Press

This chapter looks into the heart of Neil Jordan's The Company of Wolves as a story of sexual awakening, literal and figurative formation, and the empowerment of women. It discusses how The Company of Wolves carries a strong feminist message that is more than a singular concept, like the short stories from Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber. It also explains Carter's brand of feminism that represents one strand that was often at odds with those of other feminists at the time and even considered highly controversial. The chapter analyses how Carter sought to expose how women's sexuality is perceived as a myth instigated and perpetuated by moral and social conditioning. It discloses Carter's frequent visit to the world of fairy tales to critique culturally constructed notions relating to women, gender roles and femininity.

Keywords:   The Company of Wolves, Neil Jordan, feminist message, Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber, feminism

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