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Fabula

Zeitschrift für Erzählforschung / Journal of Folktale Studies / Revue d’Etudes sur le Conte Populaire

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Volume 59, Issue 3-4

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Little Red Riding Hood in Sheep’s Clothing: A Psychoanalytic Reading of Angela Carter’s The Werewolf

Laleh Atashi
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Published Online: 2018-11-14 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/fabula-2018-0105

Zusammenfassung

Dieser Artikel versucht, Angela Carters Kurzgeschichte The Werewolf im Lichte der Lacan’schen Psychoanalyse zu interpretieren, und betrachtet die Reise des kleinen Mädchens in dieser Geschichte als einen Übergangsritus, dessen Ende der Imaginäre Orden ist. Die Initiation des Mädchens als Frau/Mutter findet nicht in dem Moment statt, in dem sie in die symbolische Ordnung eintritt, sondern als sie ihrer Großmutter nachfolgt. Der Werwolf hat starke intertextuelle Verbindungen mit Rotkäppchen. Die archetypischen Verweise auf die weibliche Natur in der Kurzgeschichte können als Versuch Carters interpretiert werden, die Grenzen im Märchen zu verschieben, um eine verschlingende Weiblichkeit– in alten Geschichten gezähmte – wiederzubeleben und sie im Werwolfmotiv zu reinkarnieren.

Summary

This article attempts to interpret Angela Carter’s The Werewolf in light of Lacanian psychoanalysis and considers the journey of the little girl in the story as a rite of passage the final terminal of which is the Imaginary Order. The girl’s initiation into womanhood/motherhood occurs not when she enters the Symbolic Order but when she succeeds her grandmother. The Werewolf has strong intertextual connections with Little Red Riding Hood also known as Little Red Cap. The archetypal references to female nature in the short story can be construed as Carter’s attempt to push the boundaries of the fairy tales in order to resurrect a devouring femininity – tamed in old tales – and reincarnate her into the werewolf.

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Published Online: 2018-11-14

Published in Print: 2018-11-07


Citation Information: Fabula, Volume 59, Issue 3-4, Pages 295–309, ISSN (Online) 1613-0464, ISSN (Print) 0014-6242, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/fabula-2018-0105.

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