27.1.11

Margaret Atwood: The Robber Bride, The Blind Assassin, Oryx and Crake

A new collection of scholarly articles exploring Atwood's work
J. Brooks Bouson (editor), Margaret Atwood: The Robber Bride, The Blind Assassin, Oryx and Crake
In a bulletin for interesting new books being published this year, Conversational Reading is promoting J. Brooks Brouson's edited collection of essays on the work of Margaret Atwood. Simply entitled Margaret Atwood: The Robber Bride, The Blind Assassin, Oryx and Crake, it includes a critical discussion of some of the major themes in Atwood's work, from trauma, memory and mourning to parody, feminism and environmentalism. In all, a promising collection.

The book was published on 17 January 2011. I've gleaned the following from the Continuum website:

About the Collection

In this critical collection, well-known Atwood scholars offer original readings and critical re-evaluations of three Atwood masterpieces—The Robber Bride, The Blind Assassin, and Oryx and Crake. Providing new critical assessments of Atwood’s novels in language that is both lively and accessible, Margaret Atwood reveals not only Atwood’s ongoing and evolving engagement with the issues that have long preoccupied her—ranging from the power politics of human relationships to a concern with human rights and the global environment—but also her increasing formal complexity as a novelist. If Atwood is a novelist who is part trickster, illusionist and con-artist, as she has often described herself, she is also, as the essays in this critical collection show, an author-ethicist with a finely honed sense of moral responsibility.

Contents

Series Preface \ Acknowledgments \ 1. Introduction: Negotiating with Margaret Atwood J. Brooks Bouson \ Part I: The Robber Bride (1993) 2. Magical Realism in The Robber Bride and Other Texts Sharon R. Wilson \ 3. Parodic Border Crossings in Atwood’s The Robber Bride Hilde Staels \ 4. You’re History: Living with Trauma in The Robber Bride Laurie Vickroy \ Part II: The Blind Assassin (2000) 5. “Was I My Sister’s Keeper?” The Blind Assassin and Problematic Feminisms Fiona Tolan \ 6. Narrative Multiplicity and the Multi-layered Self in Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin Magali Cornier Michael \ 7. “If You Look Long Enough”: Photography, Memory, and Mourning in The Blind Assassin Shuli Barzilai \ Part III: Oryx and Crake (2003) 8. Moral/Environmental Debt in Margaret Atwood’s Payback and Oryx and Crake Shannon Hengen \ 9. Problematic Paradice: Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake Karen Stein \ 10. The Apocalyptic Imagination in Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake Mark Bosco \ Notes on Chapters \ Works Cited \ Further Reading \ Notes on Contributors \ Index

Reviews

We welcome this new collection of essays on Margaret Atwood’s later novels, the first to include a substantial section on Oryx and Crake. J.Brooks Bouson has assembled an international team of major Atwood scholars who show us fascinating new ways of understanding Atwood’s fiction by highlighting features which range from magic realism to environmentalism and debt, trauma narratives, and her apocalyptic imagination. The critical inventiveness of these essays matches Atwood’s own irrepressibly creative storytelling.

Coral Ann Howells, Professor Emerita, University of Reading, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of English Studies, University of London, UK and co-editor of the Cambridge History of Canadian Literature (CUP, 2009)
Publisher's website: Continuum

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