Dollhouse architecture: Leonora Carrington and children’s literature

McAra, Catriona ORCID logoORCID: (2017) Dollhouse architecture: Leonora Carrington and children’s literature. Gramarye: The Journal of the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy, 12. pp. 35-45. ISSN 2050-2915


In almost every account of Leonora Carrington’s complex creative imagination, her obsession with the fairy tales and children’s literature of her English childhood is mentioned. Her wealthy family background is also often commented upon as something she would ultimately rebel against. However, rarely are such sources and roots analysed in relation to her wider oeuvre as critical informants. Carrington’s reading practice in the nursery extended into her adult writing and picture-making. This article explores how she used the fairy tale for avant-garde purposes, and considers the persistent themes of the night nursery, dollhouse and rocking horse in her iconography.

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