THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Margaret Atwood Literary Criticism

The Handmaid's Tale

In this essay Marta Caminero-Santangelo argues that Atwood's novel represents a postmodern feminist sensibility in its conceptualizing of resistance to a dominant order. It also highlights differences between modernism and postmodernism.
A paper by Jamie Dopp in which the prevailing critical consensus of The Handmaid's Tale, in that it is a novel working against women's oppression, is challenged by the assertion that it reproduces the tendencies of a patriarchy.

The Robber Bride

An academic article by Ellen McCarthy which considers the role of multiple identities in Atwood's novel and the challenge they present to the notion of national identity.

Cat's Eye

An essay by Marta Dvorak which explores this novel as a Künstlerroman - a narrative that documents its protagonist's artistic development. Dvorak examines the text's engagement with the visual arts and looks at the poetic devices Atwood employs.

Oryx and Crake

A paper by Grayson Cooke of Central Queensland University looking at the role of biotechnology and the relationship between language and human life in Atwood's post-apocalyptic novel. Also assesses the criticial reception of Oryx and Crake.

Alias Grace

An essay by Jennifer Murray examining Atwood's depiction of a historic double murder and the implications this novel's multiplicity of narrative perspectives has on historiographic de-construction and re-construction.

Surfacing

An essay by Jerome H. Rosenberg featuring some observations on the end of Atwood's novel.
An essay by Carole Gerson exploring how the conflict between form and experience is depicted in this novel.
In this article Jill Dawson discusses Surfacing from the perspective of a woman's spiritual journey.

Bluebeard's Egg

An essay by Carol Merli which explores the relationship between body and text through Atwood's use of post-modern strategies.