Margaret Atwood RevisitedAward-winning Canadian poet, novelist, and critic, author of "The Handmaid's Tale" (1985), known for her Canadian nationalism and feminism.
Publication Date: 1999-10-06
Margaret Atwood by Kathryn VanSpanckeren; Jan Garden CastroA prolific writer and versatile social critic, Canadian novelist and poet Margaret Atwood has recently published "Bluebeard's Egg "(short stories), "Interlunar "(poetry), and "The Handmaid's Tale "a critically acclaimed best-selling novel. This international collection of essays evaluates the complete body of her work--both the acclaimed fiction and the innovative poetry. The critics represented here--American, Australian, and Canadian--address Atwood's handling of such themes as feminism, ecology, the gothic novel, and the political relationship between Canada and the United States. The essays on Atwood's novels introduce the general reader to her development as a writer, as she matures from a basically subjective, poetic vision, seen in "Surfacing "and "The Edible Woman, "to an increasingly engaged, political stance, exemplified by "The Handmaid's Tale. "Other essays examine Atwood's poetry, from her transformation of the Homeric model to her criticisms of the United States' relationship with Canada. The last two critical essays offer a unique view of Atwood through an investigation of her use of the concept of shamanism and through a presentation of eight of her vivid watercolors. The volume ends with Atwood presenting her own views in an interview with Jan Garden Castro and in a conversation between Atwood and students at the University of Tampa, Florida." "
Publication Date: 1988-01-01
Books and Criticisms
Margaret Atwood by Fiona TolanMargaret Atwood: Feminism and Fiction takes a new look at the complex relationship between Margaret Atwood's fiction and feminist politics. Examining in detail the concerns and choices of an author who has frequently been termed feminist but has famously rejected the label on many occasions, this book traces the influences of feminism in Atwood's work and simultaneously plots moments of dissent or debate. Fiona Tolan presents a clear and detailed study of the first eleven novels of one of Canada's most prominent authors. Each chapter can be read as an individual textual analysis, whilst the chronological structure provides a fascinating insight into the shifting concerns of a popular and influential author over a period of nearly thirty-five years.
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