Violence, Magic, and the Alice Plot: The Experience of Liminality in 20th Century British Fiction

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Begley, Catherine Teresa
Area of Honors:
Bachelor of Arts
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Janet Wynne Lyon, Thesis Supervisor
  • Lisa Ruth Sternlieb, Honors Advisor
  • Emily Harrington, Faculty Reader
  • Carrington
  • Carter
  • liminal
  • surrealism
  • violence
  • magic
This thesis provides an in-depth study of The Hearing Trumpet by Leonora Carrington and “The Bloody Chamber” by Angela Carter. The heroines of both of these stories are marked by a tri-part experience that I call the Alice Plot. This experience is always violent and causes a significant change in each of the characters who fall into the plot’s “rabbit hole,” resulting in rebirth in one form or another. This thesis hopes to portray a new insight into both of these works, along with surrealism, classic folklore, and the themes which concern both genres.