The field of Margaret Atwood studies, like her own work, is in constant evolution. This second edition of The Cambridge Companion to Margaret Atwood provides substantial reconceptualization of Atwood's writing in multiple genres that has spanned six decades, with particular focus on developments since 2000. Exploring Atwood in our contemporary context, this edition discusses the relationship between her Canadian identity and her role as an international literary celebrity and spokesperson on global issues, ranging from environmentalism to women's rights to digital technology. As well as providing novel insights into Atwood's recent dystopias and classic texts, this edition highlights a significant dimension in the reception of Atwood's work, with new material on the striking Hulu and MGM television adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale. This up-to-date volume illuminates new directions in Atwood's career, and introduces students, scholars and general readers alike to the ever-expanding dimensions of her literary art.
Coral Ann Howells (Institute of English Studies University of London)
Cambridge University Press
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2nd Revised edition
Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature
01 April 2021
Professional and scholarly
Introduction Coral Ann Howells; 1. Margaret Atwood in her Canadian context David Staines; 2. Margaret Atwood on questions of power Pilar Somacarrera; 3. Home and nation in Margaret Atwood's later fiction Eleonora Rao; 4. Margaret Atwood's female bodies Sarah A. Appleton; 5. Margaret Atwood and environmentalism J. Brooks Bouson; 6. Margaret Atwood and history Gina Wisker; 7. Margaret Atwood's revisions of classic texts Fiona Tolan; 8. Margaret Atwood's humor Marta Dvorak; 9. Margaret Atwood's poetry and poetics Branko Gorjup; 10. Margaret Atwood's later short fiction Reingard M. Nischik; 11. Margaret Atwood's recent dystopias Coral Ann Howells; 12. The Hulu and MGM television adaptations of The Handmaid's Tale Eva-Marie Kroeller.
Coral Ann Howells is Professor Emerita at the University of Reading and is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of English Studies, University of London. Her books include Private and Fictional Words, Margaret Atwood (winner of the Margaret Atwood Society Best Book Award in 1997), Alice Munro (1998), and Contemporary Canadian Women's Fiction: Refiguring Identities (2003). She is co-editor of Margaret Atwood: The Shape-Shifter (2000) and editor of Where are the Voices Coming From? Canadian Culture and the Legacies of History (2004). She is former President of the British Association of Canadian Studies and has been associate editor of the International Journal of Canadian Studies. She has lectured extensively on Margaret Atwood and Canadian women's fiction in the UK, Europe, Australia, Canada, USA, and India.