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Approaches to Teaching Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and Other Works

Editor(s): Sharon R. Wilson, Thomas B. Friedman, Shannon Hengen

Pages: ix & 215 pp.
Published: 1996
ISBN: 9780873527354

"The essays on pedagogical approaches to teaching various Atwood works are uniformly well written, succinct, and practical.... Recommended for all collections."

"The volume entirely lives up to my expectations: it contextualizes Atwood within Canadian culture rather than treating her 'just like' an American or British writer and provides usable background materials and classroom examples for college teachers of the astonishing variety of courses in which Atwood is taught."
Annis Pratt, author of Dancing with Goddesses: Archetypes, Poetry, and Empowerment

We are currently out of stock of the paperback edition of this title. The cloth edition will be substituted at the paperback price.

Margaret Atwood's works, especially The Handmaid's Tale, are widely taught not only in literature courses but also in economics, political science, sociology, film, and business courses. Her writings span a variety of genres and address such themes as identity, Canadian nationalism, struggle for survival, sexual politics, and shamanism; this rich and diverse range has proved fertile ground for teachers and critics alike. Approaches to Teaching Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and Other Works is the first book to focus on the teaching of this writer's oeuvre exclusively.

Table of Contents

Approaches to Teaching Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and Other Works

Thomas B. Friedman and Shannon Hengen

Historical Forces and Political Issues
Feminist Background and Issues

Survey Issues

Primary Works

Atwood Criticism

Teaching Aids


Sharon R. Wilson


"Who Is This Woman?"
Jerome Rosenberg

A Feminist by Another Name: Atwood and the Canadian Canon
Donna Bennett and Nathalie Cooke

Satire: The No-Woman's Land of Literary Modes
Lorraine M. York

Beyond Violent Dualities: Atwood in Postcolonial Contexts
Diana Brydon

Atwood's Intertextual and Sexual Politics
Sharon R. Wilson


Using Atwood's Survival in an Interdisciplinary Canadian Studies Course
Thomas B. Friedman

Themes of Identity in Atwood's Poems and "Rape Fantasies": Using The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women
Sally A. Jacobsen

The Trickster Text: Teaching Atwood's Works in Creative Writing Classes
Kathryn VanSpanckeren

Reading as Rehearsal in a Communication Class: Comic Voicings in Atwood's Poetry
Carol L. Benton

A Practical Exercise: Popular Culture and Gender Construction in Surfacing and Bodily Harm
Garry Leonard

"Hypocrite Lecteuse! Ma Semblable! Ma Soeur!": On Teaching Murder in the Dark
Patricia Merivale

A Case Study: The Handmaid's Tale

Shannon Hengen

Understanding Contemporary American Culture through The Handmaid's Tale: A Sociology Class
Pamela Hewitt

Dystopia's Point of No Return: A Team-Taught Utopia Class
Ruud Teeuwen

A Feminist and Psychoanalytic Approach in a Women's College
J. Brooks Bouson

The End of the World and Other Things: Life before Man and The Handmaid's Tale
Carol L. Beran

Atwood's Reconstruction of Folktales: The Handmaid's Tale and "Bluebeard's Egg"
Kathleen E. B. Manley

Teaching Literature through Film: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Surfacing and The Handmaid's Tale
Mary K. Kirtz

Pedagogical Challenges and Opportunities

The Journals of Susanna Moodie as Life Writing
Marlene Kadar

Atwood's You Are Happy: Power Politics, Gender Roles, and the Transformation of Myth
Helane Levine-Keating

Atwood's Female Quest-Romance: A Psychoanalytical Approach to Surfacing
Shuli Barzilai

A Writer for All Theories: Using Atwood's Works to Teach Critical Theory and Praxis
Theodore F. Sheckels, Jr.

Cat's Eye as a Reenvisioned Portrait of the Artist: A Visual, Canadian Studies, and Feminist Approach
Judith McCombs

Negotiating Wilderness Tips
Arnold E. Davidson

Works Cited


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