This is a collection of original essays by well-known Atwood scholars offering contemporary critical readings and assessments of three well known Atwood texts. In this critical collection, well-known Atwood scholars offer original readings and critical re-evaluations of three Atwood masterpieces - "The Robber Bride", "The Blind Assassin", and "Oryx and Crake". Providing new critical assessments of Atwood's novels in language that is both lively and accessible, Margaret Atwood reveals not only Atwood's ongoing and evolving engagement with the issues that have long preoccupied her - ranging from the power politics of human relationships to a concern with human rights and the global environment - but also her increasing formal complexity as a novelist. If Atwood is a novelist who is part trickster, illusionist and con-artist, as she has often described herself, she is also, as the essays in this critical collection show, an author-ethicist with a finely honed sense of moral responsibility. This series offers up-to-date guides to the recent work of major contemporary North American authors.
Written by leading scholars in the field, each book presents a range of original interpretations of three key texts published since 1990, showing how the same novel may be interpreted in a number of different ways. These informative, accessible volumes will appeal to advance undergraduate and postgraduate students, facilitating discussion and supporting close analysis of the most important contemporary American and Canadian fiction.
"Rather than limiting itself to a thematic study of the novels, Bouson's volume finds its strength in the variety of foci among the nine individual chapters, which includes Atwood's adaptations of many literary genres and narrative techniques as well as such sociocultural issues as female victimization and environmental destruction. At the same time, the collection successfully foregrounds concerns that are central to Atwood's fiction, such as women's relationships to each other, to feminism, and to literary traditions, resulting in a well-balanced overview of the author's work and the scholarship on it." --Tomoko Kuribayashi, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point
Series Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. Introduction: Negotiating with Margaret Atwood J. Brooks Bouson; Part I: The Robber Bride (1993); 2. Magical Realism in The Robber Bride and Other Texts Sharon R. Wilson; 3. Parodic Border Crossings in Atwood's The Robber Bride Hilde Staels; 4. You're History: Living with Trauma in The Robber Bride Laurie Vickroy; Part II: The Blind Assassin (2000); 5. "Was I My Sister's Keeper?" The Blind Assassin and Problematic Feminisms Fiona Tolan; 6. Narrative Multiplicity and the Multilayered Self in Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin Magali Cornier Michael; 7. "If You Look Long Enough": Photography, Memory, and Mourning in The Blind Assassin Shuli Barzilai; Part III: Oryx and Crake (2003); 8. Moral/Environmental Debt in Margaret Atwood's Payback and Oryx and Crake Shannon Hengen; 9. Problematic Paradice: Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake Karen Stein; 10. The Apocalyptic Imagination in Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake Mark Bosco; Notes on Chapters; Works Cited; Further Reading; Notes on Contributors; Index.
Series: Continuum Studies in Contemporary North America Fiction
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 11th November 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 13.9
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1