Carter's posthumously published story "Ashputtle or The Mother's Ghost: Three Versions of One Story" (1987) foregrounds a preoccupation with anonymity in relation to the fairy-tale tradition, weaving together the genealogy of the Cinderella tale with questions of motherhood and generating allegory about culture and authorship. However, Carter's reiterative play is infused with irony, thus placing an impression of political will in tension with the instability of this trope. This article studies the potential impact of Carter's authorial postures on the reader and suggests implications for her place in the canon.
Ryan-Sautour, Michelle. "Authorial Ghosts and Maternal Identity in Angela Carter’s “Ashputtle or The Mother’s Ghost: Three Versions of One Story” (1987)." Marvels & Tales 25.1 (2011). Web. <https://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/marvels/vol25/iss1/3>.