Understanding Margaret Atwood (Understanding Contemporary American Literature) (Paperback)

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A timely, accessible introduction to Margaret Atwood's most recent novels and enduring themes

In 2017, the Hulu adaptation of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale introduced the acclaimed and bestselling Canadian author to a new generation and reminded Atwood's long-established readers of her uncanny prescience.

Understanding Margaret Atwood provides an overview of the author's life, descriptions and analyses of the key themes present in her most recent novels, signposts to the connections and intertextual references between them, and attention to their critical reception. Following a biographical overview, author Donna M. Bickford studies The Handmaid's Tale (1985) and its sequel The Testaments (2019), retellings of The Odyssey in The Penelopiad (2005) and The Tempest in Hag Seed (2016), the MaddAddam trilogy (2003, 2009, 2013), and The Heart Goes Last (2015). Written in clear language and a style appropriate both for scholars and for new students of Atwood, Bickford locates Atwood's recent works in the literary, political, and social context.

Atwood is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, essays, and poetry, which have collectively sold more than eight million copies worldwide; has received numerous awards and accolades, including multiple Booker Prizes and a PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award; and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

About the Author

Donna M. Bickford is the author of Understanding Marge Piercy and is Director emerita of the Women's and Gender Resource Center and adjunct professor emerita of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Dickinson College.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781643364476
ISBN-10: 1643364472
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
Publication Date: August 31st, 2023
Pages: 134
Language: English
Series: Understanding Contemporary American Literature