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Margaret Atwood's Fairy-Tale Sexual Politics

Margaret Atwood's Fairy-Tale Sexual Politics

by Sharon Rose Wilson
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Margaret Atwood's Fairy-Tale Sexual Politics by Sharon Rose Wilson

Sharon Rose Wilson's analysis of Margaret Atwood's sexual politics through a study of fairy-tale patterns offers a new reading of Atwood and a fresh appreciation of the traditional fairy tale's ability to illuminate modern literature. Not only is this the first study to explore systematically Atwood's fiction and poetry through fairy-tale images, but also it occasions the first time Atwood has allowed examples of her artwork to be published in a book. In relating Atwood's fragile, mysterious paintings, collages, linocuts, drawings, and cartoons to her writing, this study shows how such fairy-tale images-along with myths, the Bible, history, film, art, and popular literature-reveal archetypes in her work. The engaging writing and the eerie visual art of Margaret Atwood braid together fairy-tale themes from Grimm and Andersen with the feminist concerns for which this internationally acclaimed Canadian author is well known. In The Handmaid's Tale, for example, she presents her version of Little Red Riding Hood facing patriarchy's wolf. In almost all her novels she explores the "Rapunzel Syndrome," in which women experience internalized isolation. In joining Atwood's literature and her artwork, Wilson challenges feminist assumptions that fairy tales limit gender roles. To the contrary, fairy-tale motifs in Atwood's works are a liberating force. Indeed, Wilson discloses how the genius of this fascinating writer perceives the fairy tale to be a means of transforming the constricting images that tradition has placed upon sexual identity.

Sharon Rose Wilson is a professor of English and women's studies at the University of Northern Colorado.

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ISBN-13: 9781604738612
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication date: 07/12/2010
Pages: 430
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

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Sharon Rose Wilson is professor of English and women's studies at the University of Northern Colorado.

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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..."

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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!