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Approaches to Teaching Atwood's "the Handmaid's Tale" and Other Works

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Series
Preface to the Volume 1
"Who Is This Woman?" 28
A Feminist by Another Name: Atwood and the Canadian Canon 33
Satire: The No-Woman's Land of Literary Modes 43
Beyond Violent Dualities: Atwood in Postcolonial Contexts 49
Atwood's Intertextual and Sexual Politics 55
Using Atwood's Survival in an Interdisciplinary Canadian Studies Course 63
Themes of Identity in Atwood's Poems and "Rape Fantasies": Using The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women 70
The Trickster Text: Teaching Atwood's Works in Creative Writing Classes 77
Reading as Rehearsal in a Communication Class: Comic Voicings in Atwood's Poetry 84
A Practical Exercise: Popular Culture and Gender Construction in Surfacing and Bodily Harm 90
"Hypocrite Lecteuse! Ma Semblable! Ma Soeur!": On Teaching Murder in the Dark 99
Understanding Contemporary American Culture through The Handmaid's Tale: A Sociology Class 109
Dystopia's Point of No Return: A Team-Taught Utopia Class 114
A Feminist and Psychoanalytic Approach in a Women's College 122
The End of the World and Other Things: Life before Man and The Handmaid's Tale 128
Atwood's Recontruction of Folktales: The Handmaid's Tale and "Bluebeard's Egg" 135
Teaching Literature through Film: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Surfacing and The Handmaid's Tale 140
The Journals of Susanna Moodie as Life Writing 146
Atwood's You Are Happy: Power Politics, Gender Roles, and the Transformation of Myth 153
Atwood's Female Quest-Romance: A Psychoanalysis Approach to Surfacing 161
A Writer for All Theories: Using Atwood's Works to Teach Critical Theory and Praxis 167
Cat's Eye as a Reenvisioned Portrait of the Artist: A Visual, Canadian Studies, and Feminist Approach 174
Negotiating Wilderness Tips 180
Contributors and Survey Participants 187
Works Cited: Books and Articles 189
Works Cited: Audiovisual Aids 209
Index 211
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