Women's Issues in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

Women's Issues in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

by David E. Nelson


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ISBN-13: 9780737758009
Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing
Publication date: 07/29/2011
Series: Social Issues in Literature Series
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,118,529
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 15 - 17 Years

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Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Chronology 12

Chapter 1 Background on Margaret Atwood

1 The Life of Margaret Atwood Lee Briscoe Thompson 17

2 The Impact of Feminism, Postcolonialism, and Utopianism on Atwood's Writing Margaret Atwood as told to Danita J. Dodson 28

Chapter 2 The Handmaid's Tale and Women's Issues

1 The Handmaid's Tale Addresses Sexism and Ignores Racism Ben Merriman 42

2 The Handmaid's Tale Is a Defense of Abortion and Pornography Anne Barbeau Gardiner 46

3 The Treatment of Women in The Handmaid's Tale Is the Historical Norm Jill Swale 56

4 The Handmaid's Tale Dramatizes the 1980s Antifeminist Backlash

5 Feminism and Religious Fundamentalism Merge in The Handmaid's Tale Barbara Ehrenreich 80

6 The Special Impact of The Handmaid's Tale on Female Readers J. Brooks Bouson 87

7 Controlling Women's Voices in The Handmaid's Tale David S. Hogsette 98

8 Women Oppress Women in Atwood's Novel|vTara J. Johnson 113

Chapter 3 Contemporary Perspectives on Women's Issues

1 Opponents of Gay Marriage Seek to Restrict Sexual and Marital Freedom for All Linda Hirshman 124

2 The Surrogacy Market in India Exploits Vulnerable Women Amana Fontanella-Khan 128

3 Government Policies Should Not Treat Women as Childbearing Vessels Sunsara Taylor 133

4 Modesty Is Forced on Women in Chechnya Tanya Lokshina 138

For Further Discussion 145

For Further Reading 147

Bibliography 148

Index 152

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