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

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Great literary works resonate with readers not only because of well developed characters and plots, but also because they often reflect important social themes. The Social Issues in Literature series brings together the disciplines of sociology and literature in a unique format designed to support cross-curricular studies. Each volume explores a work of literature through the lens of the major social issue reflected in it, and features carefully-selected content representing a variety of perspectives All volumes ...

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Overview

Great literary works resonate with readers not only because of well developed characters and plots, but also because they often reflect important social themes. The Social Issues in Literature series brings together the disciplines of sociology and literature in a unique format designed to support cross-curricular studies. Each volume explores a work of literature through the lens of the major social issue reflected in it, and features carefully-selected content representing a variety of perspectives All volumes in the series contain biographical and critical information about the author; secondary excerpts offering both historical and contemporary views of the highlighted social issue; a timeline of the author's life; a "For Further Reading" section of other works on the issue; and a detailed subject index.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737758009
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 7/29/2011
  • Series: Social Issues in Literature Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 834,917
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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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