The Cambridge Companion to Margaret Atwood

By Macpherson, Heidi Slettedahl | British Journal of Canadian Studies, May 2007 | Go to article overview

The Cambridge Companion to Margaret Atwood


Macpherson, Heidi Slettedahl, British Journal of Canadian Studies


C.A. Howells (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Margaret Atwood (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), xvi + 200pp. Cloth. £45. ISBN 0-521-83966-1; Paper. £15.99. ISBN 0-521-54851-9.

This collection of twelve essays, introduced and edited by Coral Ann Howells, is a welcome addition to the scholarship on Margaret Atwood, and most of the essays attain a high standard. This is not surprising, given that Howells has brought together a range of well-known Atwoodian critics, including Lorraine York, Shannon Hengen, Sharon R. Wilson, Marta Dvorak, Reingard M. Nischik and Eleonora Rao, to explore Atwood's work.

Aimed at an undergraduate market, the essays are relatively jargon-free and concise, ranging over the whole of Atwood's oeuvre up to and including Oryx and Crake. Some of the essays form interesting links; in one example, an essay on power and politics by Pilar Somacarrera is followed immediately by an essay by Madeleine Davies on female bodies, which reinterprets Atwood's use of power through the visual display and surveillance of women; these connections offer alternative but connected ways of viewing Atwood's work. The inevitable overlap in chapters that explore the same texts becomes a benefit of the collection; the committed student has an opportunity to read Atwood's work whilst engaging with a variety of perspectives on the same texts. The authors unsurprisingly quote each other, with one contributor rather over-enthusiastically quoting herself in the last essay.

The collection begins with an Atwood chronology and a helpful introductory essay, followed by David Staines' essay on Atwood and her Canadian context. York's essay on biography/autobiography focuses on Atwood as a text herself, in her role as a Canadian celebrity. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

The Cambridge Companion to Margaret Atwood
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.