Rewriting the Sacred Texts from a Feminist Perspective: Angela Carter’s The Passion of New Eve

Eleonora Federici


Carter’s text is extremely interesting as a text type being a mixture of different literary genres, allusions to canonical texts and to popular culture. Moreover, the text is challenging from a lexical perspective. Carter’s stylistic choice is a contextually motivated choice given by her willingness to deconstruct Western myths and patriarchal ideologies on gender, race and class. Places, wastelands of this dystopic novel; it is a story of desert places, forgotten cities and dystopic spaces which remind the Bible and the New Testament.  The rewriting of sacred texts is carried on through parody and rhetorical strategies such as metaphor and metonymy.  All these elements support the persuasive technique utilized by the writer who possesses a subversive feminist potential.


Parody; Rewriting; Sacred texts; Places; Feminism

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