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Nischik, Reingard M
Engendering genre : the works of Margaret Atwood / Reingard M. Nischik ; including an interview with Margaret Atwood
Ottawa : University of Ottawa Press, c2009
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 4th Floor  PR9199.3.A8 Z789 2009    AVAILABLE
Subject Atwood, Margaret, 1939- -- Criticism and interpretation
Subject(s) Sex role in literature
Subject Atwood, Margaret, 1939- -- Interviews
Subject(s) Authors, Canadian -- 20th century -- Interviews
Physical Description xi, 315 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [281]-294) and index
Contents Power politics : or, the end of romantic love poetry? -- Murder in the dark : Atwood's inverse poetics of intertextual minuteness in her short fictions and prose poems -- "Untold stories, fresh beginnings" : Atwood's short stories -- "Nomenclatural mutations" : the development of forms of address and reference for female and male characters in Atwood's novels -- How Atwood fared in Hollywood : Atwood and film (esp. The handmaid's tale) -- "On being a woman writer" : Atwood as literary and cultural critic -- "Survivalwoman, survivalcreature, womanwoman" : Atwood as cartoonist -- From survivalwoman to literary icon : an interview with Margaret Atwood -- List of Margaret Atwood's comics
Summary "In Engendering Genre, renowned Atwood scholar Reingard M. Nischik analyzes the relationship between gender and genre in Margaret Atwood's works. The author approaches Atwood's oeuvre comprehensively by genre--poetry, prose poetry and short fictions, short stories, novels, criticism, comics, and Atwood's involvement with film--and examines them chapter by chapter. She explores how Atwood has developed these genres to be gender-sensitive in both content and form and argues that gender and genre are inherently complicit in Atwood's work: they converge to critique the gender-biased designs of traditional genres. This combination of gender and genre results in the recognizable Atwoodian style that engenders her texts, shaking and extending the boundaries of conventional genres and exploring them in new ways. The book includes the first extended and in-depth treatment of Atwood's cartoon art (reprinting nine of her comics) as well as the first survey of her involvement with film, and concludes with an interview with Margaret Atwood on her career "From Survivalwoman to Literary Icon." "--P. [4] of cover

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