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"Like Atwood's poetry and fiction, her watercolors and drawings present recurrent, archetypal images of power politics, in which women and men may not only oppose but also represent aspects of one another, playing roles evoking Gothic stories, myths, Biblical narratives, television, comic books, and nursery rhymes as well as fairy tales. Images of eating and food, prevalent in fairy tales and folklore, and even of edible and cooked or baked art also recur in both Atwood's literary and visual art..."
|1||Intertextual Contexts and Purposes: Fairy Tales and the Medusa Artist||3|
|2||Sexual Politics in Atwood's Visual Art: "Fitcher's Bird" and the Triple Goddess||35|
|3||Cannibalism and Metamorphosis in The Edible Woman: "The Robber Bridegroom"||82|
|4||Decapitation, Cannibalism, and Rebirth in Surfacing: "The Juniper Tree" and French-Canadian Tales||97|
|5||Dancing for Others in Lady Oracle: The Triple Goddess and "The Red Shoes"||120|
|6||Frozen Touch in You Are Happy: The Rapunzel Syndrome and "The Girl Without Hands"||136|
|7||Regrowing Touch in Life Before Man: "The Girl Without Hands" and The Wizard of Oz||165|
|8||The Artist's Marriage to Death in Bodily Harm: "The Robber Bridegroom" and "The Girl Without Hands"||198|
|9||Bluebeard's Forbidden Room in Interlunar and "Bluebeard's Egg": "Fitcher's Bird," "The White Snake," and Other Tales||229|
|10||Off the Path to Grandma's House in The Handmaid's Tale: "Little Red Cap"||271|
|11||Cat's Eye Vision: "Rapunzel" and "The Snow Queen"||295|
|Appendix: Tale Types and Motifs||315|
Posted July 12, 2006
If you are interested at all in Margaret Atwood, this is a great companion to her work. For a piece of critical work, it is extremely interesting and highly engaging. I've cited it in at least three separate papers. I am an avid Atwood reader and found this book to have interesting and cohesive interpretations of her work. Enjoy!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.