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Green Romanticisms: The Garden & the Wild
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Puppets are uncanny figures, both in and beyond literature. They embody a ‘thing life’, according to author and academic Kenneth Gross, combining object materialism with imitations of human thought, emotion, and action. The combination of unrelatable object life and relatable human narrative combines to create the emotion Sigmund Freud terms the uncanny, in which something strange and unknown invokes a sense of the familiar. British feminist author Angela Carter uses puppets, and their uncanniness, in her novel The Magic Toyshop. Her characters remind us of puppets, treading a line between familiar and unrecognizable.
puppets, the magic toyshop, fiction, literature, feminism
Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Fiction | Modern Literature | Other Theatre and Performance Studies
Pritchard, Hazel, "Puppets in The Garden: Artifice and Nature in Angela Carter’s The Magic Toyshop" (2020). Selected Undergraduate Works. 9.