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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Margaret Atwood

Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9781403922007
Publication Date July 2005
Formats Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

This introduction covers Atwood's work from the end of the 1960s to the present, drawing out her recurring themes of Canadian identity and the wilderness, the representation of women and female bodies, and history and its narration. Winner of the Margaret Atwood Society Best Book in 1997, the second edition is thoroughly revised and updated. It includes new chapters covering Atwood's recent novels Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin, and Oryx and Crake, and her 2002 book on writing Negotiating with the Dead.

CORAL ANN HOWELLS is Professor of English and Canadian Literature at the University of Reading, UK, and a former President of the British Association for Canadian Studies. Her previous publications include Contemporary Canadian Women's Fiction: Refiguring Identities (2003), which is also published by Palgrave Macmillan.

General Editor's Preface
Introduction: A Writer on Writing
The Edible Woman
THE 1970s
Surfacing and Survival 
Lady Oracle
Life Before Man
THE 1980s
Bodily Harm.- The Handmaid's Tale
Cat's Eye
THE 1990s
The Robber Bride
Alias Grace
The Blind Assassin
Oryx and Crake


Praise for the first edition:
'The first edition of Howells' Margaret Atwood, published in 1996, is among the most widely cited books in the vast field of Atwood criticism. It has become the standard introduction to Atwood for undergraduates and postgraduates, since the comprehensive coverage of Atwood's novels, together with the book's accessible style and coherent structure, have ensured its appeal to students. Howells' detailed and influential close readings, and her judicious selections from secondary material in the field, have made the book very valuable to postdoctoral researchers also.' - Faye Hammill, British Journal of Canadian Studies Praise for the second edition:
'This book should be recommended to all students seeking an introduction to Atwood's work and it will provide new perspectives for researchers who benefited from the first edition at an earlier stage in their careers.' - Faye Hammill, British Journal of Canadian Studies
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