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Explication de textes : Angela Carter's Wise Children

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Marie Emilie Walz
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2016 -> 2016

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre de printemps
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 0


The aim of the class is to analyse Angela Carter's last novel, Wise Children (1991), in light of its various intertexts. Specific attention will be given to the relationships between the novel and William Shakespeare's theatre plays, which testify to Carter's love and admiration for the dramatist. Wise Children indeed pays homage to several comedies and tragedies as part of its plot. Comparative close-reading of Carter's novel and its Shakespearean intertexts will thus show how Wise Children criticises the canonisation of Shakespeare and his plays by reclaiming them as 'popular culture'. The seminar will then also take into account other aspects of the novel, such as its use of the fairy tale and magic realism to unsettle the reader's assumptions and expectations about society, family, and gender relations. Finally, the class will also pay attention to the way comedy and death are linked in Wise Children, the novel Carter wrote as she was dying of lung cancer, leaving her readers with a refrain echoing throughout the novel: 'What a joy it is to dance and sing!'


Carter, Angela. Wise Children. London: Vintage, 2006.
Shakespeare, William. A Midsummer Night's Dream. (Any edition)

Copies of these two books are available from Books Books Books (Rue Jean-Louis Gaillard 2, 1004 Lausanne).

Exigences du cursus d'études

Niveau B2 + having completed the 1st year

Informations supplémentaires


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