THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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The Handmaid's Tale
By Margaret Atwood

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.