'Anagrams of desire'

Angela Carter's writing for radio, film and television

By Charlotte Crofts

'Anagrams of desire'

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-5724-3
  • Pages: 224
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £18.99
  • Published Date: January 2003
  • BIC Category: The arts / Film, TV & radio, Feminism & Feminist Theory, PERFORMING ARTS / Radio / General, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory, Films, cinema, Radio, Television, Film and Media


Angela Carter is best known for her novels, short fiction and journalism, but she also produced a substantial body of writing for media other than the printed page, including five radio plays, two film adaptations, an original television documentary and a number of unrealised scripts for stage and screen. Despite increasing academic interest in Carter's work, these dramatic writings have largely been ignored. In this book, Charlotte Crofts redresses this lack of critical attention by examining Carter's dramatic writings together for the first time (including two unpublished works), giving them a more central position in the Carter canon.

Divided into three sections on radio, film and television, the book's interdisciplinary approach is underpinned by reference to exclusive interviews with the directors and producers with whom Carter collaborated, giving a unique insight into processes of adaptation and the technologies of media production. The author demonstrates how, far from being an aberration from her real vocation as a writer of fiction, Carter's writing for radio, film and television is an extension of her self-professed demythologising practice.


Introduction: 'Anagrams of desire': Angela Carter's writing for radio, film and television
1. 'Aural hallucinations': radio drama
2. 'Voice in the dark': The Company of Wolves and other radio plays
3. 'Artificial biography': Come Unto These Sands and A Self-Made Man
4. 'Anything that flickers': the cinema
5. (Re)animating the body of the text: The Company of Wolves
6. Looking askance: The Magic Toyshop
7. 'The box does furnish a room': television
8. Acting up on the small screen: The Holy Family Album


Charlotte Crofts is Associate Professor in Filmmaking at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol)

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