The Literature of Margaret Atwood
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This paper describes how Margaret Atwood's literature fuses feminism with the Canadian experience of survival in the wilderness and how Atwood finds the same dilemma repeated in the experience of woman struggling against patriarchal domination. Indeed she locates patriarchy at the root of both evils. The paper analyzes key poems of Atwood such as "The Journals of Susanna Moodie" to show how she expresses the existential disjunction that occurs in patriarchal society when it tries to dominate nature.
From the Paper:"It is in order to emphasize this disjunction that Atwood chooses to focus on the experiences of the early 19th century Canadian poet Susanna Moodie in her cycle of poems under the heading The Journals of Susanna Moodie. She was a genteel English Lady who emigrated to Canada with her husband, and writes about her harsh experiences of surviving in the wilderness. Atwood's contention is that Moodie's experience is not just an adaptation process for an English lady, but in fact points to a permanent Canadian experience, which persists in more subtle forms to this day. In the Journal she tries to recreate the 19th century experience in light of the modern one. "
Sample of Sources Used:
- Atwood, Margaret. Selected Poems, 1965-1975: 1965-1975. New York: Houghton Mifflin Books, 1987.
- Coral Ann Howells. Margaret Atwood. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
- Grace, Sherrill E. "In Search of Demeter The Lost, Silent Mother in Surfacing." Margaret Atwood: Vision and Forms. Eds. Kathryn VanSpanckeren, Jan Garden Castro - editor. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 1988.
- Rosenberg, Jerome H. Margaret Atwood. Woodbridge, CT: Twayne Publishers, 1984.
- Rubenstein, Roberta. "Nature and Nurture in Dystopia The Handmaid's Tale." Margaret Atwood: Vision and Forms. Eds. Kathryn VanSpanckeren, Jan Garden Castro - editor. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 1988.
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