This essay outlines several of the difficulties that Carter’s short fiction presents in the classroom, and locates them in Carter’s narrative practice and in her determination to stage conflicts between multiple ideological positions within single tales. In attempting to answer the question of why The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories produces such varied and visceral responses in a variety of classroom settings, we examine several of the book’s recurring themes and strategies, and link them to various student responses. The essay then proposes that these moments of student discomfort or hostility often provide instructive starting points for improving student writing and critical thinking, and outlines a number of strategies for instructors regarding how to accomplish these goals.
Bruhl, Elise and Gamer, Michael. "Teaching Improprieties: The Bloody Chamber and the Reverent Classroom." Marvels & Tales 12.1 (1998). Web. <http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/marvels/vol12/iss1/8>.