Critical Reading is Tonight!

Join us tonight for a discussion of Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber. The meeting will take place at the Capital Club at 7 PM.

Here are a few questions for you to chew over before the meeting:

  1. The author attempts to use the narrative voice to help construct the setting–did you find any phrases, sentence structures, or vocabulary to be particularly Victorian? Where there any instances where the author failed in this attempt? Any instances where she broke the Victorian voice for something more modern?
  2. This is, ostensibly, a thriller or work of suspense–how did the pacing work for you? How did you feel about the placement of the details/instances that were used to bring out about the rising tension?
  3. The author spends a lot of space in this story constructing a certain tension between the male gaze and female lust–how did you feel about these passages? Were they artfully constructed? Did they convey the author’s intent?
  4. The works of Debussy are a recurring theme in this story. If you have time, listen to Debussy’s Nuages (which translates to clouds). You can find a recording of the piece here. Do you find the story to be reminiscent of this piece of music?
  5. How did you feel about the ending? This short story was first published in 1979–do you thing that this ending would have “passed muster” if it were submitted for publishing now?

That’s it for questions. Bring your thoughts on this piece and your own questions about it to tonight’s meeting.

Each month, the reading workshop meets to read the work of a published author from a writer’s perspective, breaking down what makes the story work and why. It’s one of the best ways you can improve as a writer. Never been to a workshop? Check out our FAQ.

This event is free and open to the public, and you do not need to be a CCC member to attend. The Capital Club is located on the lobby floor of the Doubletree Suites Hotel on South Front Street. Get more details in this ancient blog post.

Check back next week when we’ll be posting discussion questions for you to mull over before the meetup.

Questions? Comments? Got a story you’d love to discuss? Send them to the workshop moderator at See you there!