Angela Carter's Wise Children: The show must go on

Lesson rationale

In these activities students will focus on a wealth of drafting material and writer’s notebooks to reveal how Angela Carter created her final comic novel, Wise Children. They will closely examine fascinating source documents and photographs which give an insight into the major themes in Carter’s writing. This will enable students to understand the processes involved in creating a convincing fictional world, and enhance the students’ own creative writing skills.

Key questions in this lesson:

  • What methods does Carter use in the construction of her novel?
  • What are the major themes in this work?
  • How does Carter use literary and historical sources to develop these major themes?