Margaret Atwood

Atwood, Margaret Eleanor

Margaret Eleanor Atwood, 1939–, Canadian novelist and poet. Atwood is a skilled and powerful storyteller whose novels, set mainly in the near future, sometimes make use of such popular genres as historical, detective, and science fiction. Her writing typically treats contemporary issues, such as feminism, sexual politics, the fate of Canada and Canadian literature, and the intrusive nature of mass society. Her best-known novel, The Handmaid's Tale (1986; film 1990, miniseries 2017–), is set in a mid-21st-century American dystopia controlled by religious extremists, where men rule and women are wives, servants, or childbearers. Among her other novels are The Edible Woman (1969), Surfacing (1972), Bodily Harm (1981), The Robber Bride (1993), Alias Grace (1996; miniseries 2017), The Blind Assassin (2000; Booker Prize), The Penelopiad (2005), and the postapocalyptic trilogy made up of Oryx and Crake (2003), The Year of the Flood (2009), and MaddAddam (2013). Her short stories have been collected in Dancing Girls (1983), Bluebeard's Eggs (1993), Moral Disorder (2006), and Stone Mattress (2014). She also has written several volumes of poetry, including The Circle Game (1965), Power Politics (1970), and True Stories (1981), and numerous essays. Her nonfiction includes Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth (2008) and In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination (2011).

See interviews in E. G. Ingersoll, ed., Margaret Atwood: Conversations (1990) and V.-L. Beaulieu, ed., Two Solicitudes: Conversations (1998); biographies by N. Cooke (1998) and R. Sullivan (1999); studies by A. E. and C. N. Davidson, ed. (1981), S. E. Grace and L. Weir (1983), F. Davey (1984), J. Mallinson (1984), J. H. Rosenberg (1984), B. H. Rigney (1987), J. McCombs, ed. (1988), K. VanSpanckeren and J. G. Castro, ed. (1988), S. Hengen (1993), E. Rao (1993), S. R. Wilson (1993), C. Nicholson, ed. (1994), L. M. York, ed. (1994), C. A. Howells (1996), K. F. Stein (1999), H. Bloom, ed. (2000), R. M. Nischik, ed. (2000), P. Cuder (2003), C. Tennant (2003), and S. R. Wilson (2003).

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Margaret Atwood: Selected full-text books and articles

Snapshots: 20th Century Mother-Daughter Fiction By Janet Berliner; Joyce Carol Oates David R. Godine, 2000
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CliffsNotes on Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale By Mary Ellen Snodgrass Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1994
Margaret Atwood: Vision and Forms By Kathryn VanSpanckeren; Jan Garden Castro Southern Illinois University Press, 1988
Margaret Atwood's Fairy-Tale Sexual Politics By Sharon Rose Wilson University Press of Mississippi, 1993
Margaret Atwood: Is This the Path We Want to Be Seen On? By D'Souza, Irene Herizons, Vol. 17, No. 4, Spring 2004
A Progressive Interview with Margaret Atwood By The Progressive, Vol. 74, No. 12, December 2010
White-Washing Oppression in Atwood's the Handmaid's Tale By Merriman, Ben Notes on Contemporary Literature, Vol. 39, No. 1, January 2009
Turning the Pages: Rereading Atwood's Novels By Cooke, Nathalie English Studies in Canada, Vol. 33, No. 3, September 2007
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Atwood's Female Writing: A Reading of "This Is a Photograph of Me" By Abbasi, Pyeaam; Amani, Omid Studies in Literature and Language, Vol. 4, No. 2, March 1, 2012
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Women Shapeshifters: Transforming the Contemporary Novel By Thelma J. Shinn Greenwood Press, 1996
Librarian's tip: Chap. 2 "The Word Made Man: Margaret Atwood"
The Postcolonial Exotic: Marketing the Margins By Graham Huggan Routledge, 2001
Librarian's tip: Chap. 8 "Margaret Atwood Inc., or, Some Thoughts on Literary Celebrity"
Food, Consumption, and the Body in Contemporary Women's Fiction By Sarah Sceats Cambridge University Press, 2000
Librarian's tip: Chap. 4 "Sharp Appetities: Margaret Atwood's Consuming Politics"
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