The Cambridge Introduction to Margaret Atwood (Cambridge by Dr Heidi Slettedahl Macpherson

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By Dr Heidi Slettedahl Macpherson

Margaret Atwood bargains an immensely influential voice in modern literature. Her novels were translated into over 22 languages and are extensively studied, taught and loved. Her variety is outlined via her comedian wit and willingness to test. Her paintings has ranged throughout numerous genres, from poetry to literary and cultural feedback, novels, brief tales and paintings. This advent summarizes Atwood's canon, from her earliest poetry and her first novel, The suitable for eating lady, during the Handmaid's story to The 12 months of the Flood. protecting the entire variety of her paintings, it courses scholars via a number of readings of her oeuvre. It gains chapters on her existence and profession, her literary, Canadian and feminist contexts, and the way her paintings has been acquired and debated over the process her occupation. With a consultant to extra examining and a transparent, good organised constitution, this publication offers a fascinating evaluate for college students and readers.

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They spread themselves like a virus, they get into the brain and take over the cells and the cells change from inside and the ones that have the disease can’t tell the difference. Like the late show sci-fi movies, creatures from outer space, body snatchers injecting themselves into you dispossessing your brain, their eyes blank eggshells behind the dark glasses. If you look like them and talk like them and think like them then you are them, I was saying, you speak their language, a language is everything you do.

Well, now there is one. It isn’t what you mean, but it exists. Be thankful for small mercies’ (HT 137). As Atwood reveals, a women’s culture does not necessarily mean that the culture will be better than what went before – separatism of any kind is suspect, and feminism itself requires careful surveillance, too. At the same time, Atwood has herself set out to enumerate the benefits of feminism to literature: ‘the expansion of the territory available to ­writers, both in character and in language; a sharp-eyed examination of the way power works in gender relations, and the exposure of much of this as socially ­constructed; a vigorous exploration of many hitherto-concealed areas of experience’ (CP 179).

Luckily for the reading world, Atwood is willing to put up with the pain and has produced twelve novels, from her first, The Edible 25 26 The Cambridge Introduction to Margaret Atwood Woman, published in 1969, to her latest, The Year of the Flood, published in 2009. The Edible Woman sets up the conflict between self and other that most of her other novels explore even further. The central protagonist, Marian ­MacAlpin, becomes a sort of Alice-in-Wonderland figure, who has a number of disconcerting experiences.

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