Dominika Oramus

WAYS OF PLEASURE

Angela Carter’s „Discourse of Delight” in her Fiction and Non-Fiction

ISBN 83-60269-01-7

Warsaw 2006Ways_of_pleasure_okks1

Contents

Acknowledgments  8
Introduction  9

Chapter 1 – „Discourse of delight”  15

  • The critics on Angela Carter  15
  • Angela Carter on the critics  23
  • Mapping pleasure  31

Chapter 2 – The Way of Oscar Wilde  52

  • Dandyism  52
  • Fashion  73
  • Costume  78

Chapter 3 – The Way of William Butler Yeats  90

  • Art  90
  • Artificer  93
  • Artefact  96
  • Artists 119

Chapter 4 – The Way of Donatien Alphonse Francois de Sade..

  • Pornography  139
  • Debauchery  152

Chapter 5 – The Way of Sigmund Freud

  • Desire  166
  • Memory  190
  • Theatricality  200
  • Mother  208

Conclusion  218
Bibliography  222
Works by Angela Carter  222
Works on Angela Carter  223
General Works  227
Index  236

 

Introduction – According to Apuleius, Pleasure is the daughter of Cupid and Psyche – of Love and the Soul, that is, a sufficiently elevated pedigree, one would have thought. Yet the British still put up a strong resistance to the idea that pleasurability might be a valid criterion in the response to literature’ (Carter 1997: 490). So claims Angela Carter in a book review written towards the end of her life. Thus formulated, her opinion that books are first of all for gratification, for the reader’s pleasure – not ideological statements (…) czytaj więcej…