Erotic Infidelities


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Kimberly J. Lau is professor of literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of New Age Capitalism: Making Money East of Eden and Body Language: Sisters in Shape, Black Women’s Fitness, and Feminist Identity Politics.


Dr. Lau's beautifully written book revisits one of the most beloved, perplexing fairy-tale texts of the twentieth century, Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber, and dwells in its most unfamiliar and challenging moments in order to illuminate its unique, destabilizing enchantments. Working at the intersection of fairy tale, folklore, feminist, and literary studies, Lau explores the ways in which desire and infidelity can disrupt patriarchal norms and constructs.--The 2015 Elli K�ng�s-Maranda Prize Committee "American Folklore Society (AFS)"

Kimberly Lau's book-length study of Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber seeks to explore not only the individual stories of Carter's famous collection, but also the poetics of the volume as an aesthetic whole. This is one of the most innovative aspects of the book, as this dimension of Carter's work has often been neglected.--Michelle Ryan-Sautour "Gramarye"

Lau's Erotic Infidelities provides a new generation of readers with the tools to unpack Carter's exploration of sexual subjectivities and the instabilities inherent in negotiating desire and the opportunity to (re)discover for themselves this wondrously complex circle of short stories and the excitements of its metanarratives.--Merja Makinen "Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature"

Lau's scholarship is engaging, and her writing is technical without being abtruse. Erotic Infidelities is accessible to newcomers and explores the possibilities for alternative erotics and transgressive enchantments created by The Bloody Chamber as a whole, while offering interesting insights to those more familiar with the subject matter.--Victoria L. M. Harkavy "Journal of American Folklore"

This book offers intelligent insights to the reader of Carter's work. Because Lau's discussion makes consistent, sophisticated use of theory, academic readers are the ideal audience. Lau's familiarity with Carter's thinking, the array of Carter critics she deploys, and the variety of texts she handles in her arguments reflect an extremely well-researched book. All scholars interested in Carter's The Bloody Chamber would benefit from reading Lau's book. Her reading of the tales as part of a larger arc that moves from familiar to unfamiliar, from civilization and culture to nature and from tradition to exploration of difference convincingly realigns our view of Carter's work. Readers will enjoy Lau's combination of close reading, juxtaposition of texts, and energetic prose.--Susan M. Bernardo "Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts"

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