Intertextuality in "The Bloody Chamber"

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paleophelia
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I need to find intertextuality in the collection of stories "The Bloody Chamber"
I have found some obvious ones such as Adam&Eve, Miss Havisham... but I am struggling to find any more!
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Broadly speaking, the rewriting of Bluebeard is a great route to explore on the theme of intertextuality. There exist many different versions of Bluebeard written by different authors that are accompanied by many different interpretations. The fact that it has been rewritten and reinterpreted so many times can be seen as Carter consciously acknowledging that she intends her collection of short stories to be engaging with the ideas of intertextuality.
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The best thing to do with this is look into background stories, such as simple childhood fairy tales, as all of Carter's stories in the collection are based at least party upon fairy tales or legends.

The Bloody Chamber itself is obviously based upon Bluebeard, and follows the story quite closely. It also contains a phrase used in Shakepeare's Hamlet - "into the unguessable country of marriage"

The Snow Child, again obviously, mirrors the Brother's Grimm's Snow White.

The Lady of the House of Love can be seen as linking to, of course Great Expectation's Miss Havisham, but also can display parts of Sleeping Beauty.

The Erl King is based on Danish folklore (seductive but deadly fairy or siren)

Obviously, the wolf stories mirror Little Red Riding Hood.

The Tiger's Bride and The Courtship of Mr Lyon contain similarities with Beauty and The Beast. The Courtship also has intertextuality with Alice in Wonderland - "drink me", "eat me"
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The bloody chamber is very much like Rebecca.
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