Margaret Atwood, «The Handmaid's Tale»

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Margaret Atwood, «The Handmaid's Tale» by Héliane Ventura Summary

« The Handmaid’s Tale » de Margaret Atwood nous rappelle la présence de la voix aux sources de la littérature première. En effet, le texte qu’elle nous livre se présente comme une transcription de bandes magnétiques enregistrées deux cents ans auparavant. Si Margaret Atwood s’emploie à rendre à l’écriture la force communicative du langage parlé, elle met également en avant le processus de recomposition de son histoire. Récit de vie enregistré sur bandes séparées et non numérotées, le texte est un assemblage de morceaux épars, de pièces rapportées, dont l’agencement est arbitraire et réversible. II se construit et se déconstruit sans cesse, se délite et se dérobe. Parce que le conte ressortit à une esthétique du fragment, Héliane Ventura s’est elle-même attachée à mettre en valeur les éclats, les morceaux, les pépites. Elle présente une série de six interprétations de textes (explications linéaires ou commentaires composés) qui, de l’incipit aux deux clausules, reconstitue la trame de l’existence de la Servante, livrée à la tyrannie, dans cet univers dystopique qui s’appelle ironiquement « la République de Galaad » et qui se situe à Boston sur la terre des anciens Puritains de la Nouvelle Angleterre à l’aube du vingt et unième siècle.

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The Handmaid's Tale by Harold Bloom Summary

Discusses the characters, plot and writing of The handmaid's tale by Margaret Atwood. Includes critical essays on the novel and a brief biography of the author.

Religion in The Handmaid's Tale

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Religion in The Handmaid's Tale by Colette Tennant Summary

Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale captivates readers with its disturbingly prescient vision of the future and haunting insights into the world as we know it. Religion--especially elements of the Christian faith--pervades every inch of the world as Atwood imagines it. Gilead's leaders use perverse forms of Christianity to sustain their authority and privilege, making understanding religion an integral part of understanding Gilead. In the face of the inextricable role of religion in the novel, readers are left to puzzle out religious references and allusions on their own. From the significance of names to twisted uses of religion to the origins of the Ceremony, this book answers all the questions you might have about religion in this prophetic novel. For anyone who's ever googled a biblical precedent or religious phrase after encountering Atwood's dystopia, this essential guide explains it all and gives readers a fascinating look into the novel and its world. Read it and understand The Handmaid's Tale like never before.

The Handmaid's Tale (Graphic Novel)

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The Handmaid's Tale (Graphic Novel) by Margaret Atwood Summary

The stunning graphic novel adaptation • A must-read and collector’s item for fans of “the patron saint of feminist dystopian fiction” (New York Times). Look for The Testaments, the sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, coming September 2019. In Margaret Atwood’s dystopian future, environmental disasters and declining birthrates have led to a Second American Civil War. The result is the rise of the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian regime that enforces rigid social roles and enslaves the few remaining fertile women. Offred is one of these, a Handmaid bound to produce children for one of Gilead’s commanders. Deprived of her husband, her child, her freedom, and even her own name, Offred clings to her memories and her will to survive. Provocative, startling, prophetic, The Handmaid’s Tale has long been a global phenomenon. With this beautiful graphic novel adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s modern classic, beautifully realized by artist Renée Nault, the terrifying reality of Gilead has been brought to vivid life like never before.

La Servante écarlate

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La Servante écarlate by Margaret ATWOOD Summary

" Les meilleurs récits dystopiques sont universels et intemporels. Écrit il y a plus de trente ans, La Servante écarlate éclaire d'une lumière terrifiante l'Amérique contemporaine. " Télérama. Devant la chute drastique de la fécondité, la république de Gilead, récemment fondée par des fanatiques religieux, a réduit au rang d'esclaves sexuelles les quelques femmes encore fertiles. Vêtue de rouge, Defred, " servante écarlate " parmi d'autres, à qui l'on a ôté jusqu'à son nom, met donc son corps au service de son Commandant et de son épouse. Le soir, en regagnant sa chambre à l'austérité monacale, elle songe au temps où les femmes avaient le droit de lire, de travailler... En rejoignant un réseau secret, elle va tout tenter pour recouvrer sa liberté. Paru pour la première fois en 1985, La Servante écarlate s'est vendu à des millions d'exemplaires à travers le monde. Devenu un classique de la littérature anglophone, ce roman, qui n'est pas sans évoquer le 1984 de George Orwell, décrit un quotidien glaçant qui n'a jamais semblé aussi proche, nous rappelant combien fragiles sont nos libertés. La série adaptée de ce chef-d'oeuvre de Margaret Atwood, avec Elisabeth Moss dans le rôle principal, a été unanimement saluée par la critique.

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The Handmaid's Tale by Karen A. Ritzenhoff,Janis Goldie Summary

This collection analyzes how their disciplines can add unique depth and context to many of the themes that are being mobilized in Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and its screen adaptations. Contributors address how these themes apply to social issues and specific topics such as science and religion to the role of journalism in a democratic society.

The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood

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The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood by Coral Ann Howells,Neil McEwan Summary

The most supportive, easy-to-use and focussed literature guides to help your students understand the texts they are studying at GCSE and A Level

Amatka

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Amatka by Karin Tidbeck Summary

Une fable politique, dans la lignée de 1984, sur le contrôle social, la peur du changement et la plus insensée des révolutions. « Bienvenue à Amatka... où chacun joue un rôle, où le langage possède d’étranges propriétés et où rien – pas même la texture de la réalité – ne peut être garanti.» Ainsi se présente Amatka, cette austère colonie antarctique aux ambiances post-soviétiques. Amatka, lieu interdit à la dissidence et aux sentiments, espace exigu où la liberté niche dans les recoins obscurs du langage, est une communauté heureuse mais totalement figée. Lorsque Vanja, une « assistante d’information », est envoyée en mission là-bas pour y collecter de l’intelligence à des fins gouvernementales, elle comprend rapidement que son séjour qu’elle prévoyait expéditif sera moins routinier qu’envisagé. Et pour cause, le point de bascule n’est jamais très loin dans cette colonie d’hiver, de sorte que Vanja sera amenée à enquêter parmi les ombres d’Amatka, celles qui revendiquent l’insurrection... Jeff Vandermeer, anthologiste du Big Book of Science-Fiction et du recueil The Weird, a considéré ce roman dès le premier instant, louant cette « exploration époustouflante et véritablement originale des mystères du réel et de ce que signifie être humain ». Fille par les lettres de Margaret Atwood et d’Ursula K. Le Guin (pour son approche sociale des Dépossédés), la suédoise Karin Tidbeck dresse avec Amatka une fable d’anticipation aussi réflexive qu’inventive, s’intéressant davantage aux mécanismes du changement qu’à ses seuls effets. Par son style concis et efficace, elle nous offre le portrait d’une société où les mots, dépouillés jusqu’à l’os de leur polysémie, deviennent à la fois un objet de répression et une arme, et où la communication est au cœur des rapports de force.

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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood Summary

GET READY for THE TESTAMENTS, the highly anticipated SEQUEL, by reading the BESTSELLING DYSTOPIAN NOVEL NOW AN AWARD-WINNING TV SERIES STARRING ELISABETH MOSS Offred is a Handmaid in The Republic of Gilead, a religious totalitarian state in what was formerly known as the United States. She is placed in the household of The Commander, Fred Waterford - her assigned name, Offred, means 'of Fred'. She has only one function: to breed. If Offred refuses to enter into sexual servitude to repopulate a devastated world, she will be hanged. Yet even a repressive state cannot eradicate hope and desire. As she recalls her pre-revolution life in flashbacks, Offred must navigate through the terrifying landscape of torture and persecution in the present day, and between two men upon which her future hangs. Masterfully conceived and executed, this haunting vision of the future places Margaret Atwood at the forefront of dystopian fiction. 'As relevant today as it was when Atwood wrote it...no television event has hit such a nerve ...The Handmaid's Tale is more relevant one year after the first season' Guardian 'Don't expect to be gripped by a more potent or involving drama this year' Telegraph

Les Testaments

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Les Testaments by Margaret ATWOOD Summary

Le chef-d'oeuvre dystopique de Margaret Atwood, La Servante écarlate, est devenu un classique contemporain... auquel elle offre aujourd'hui une spectaculaire conclusion dans cette suite éblouissante. Quinze ans après les événements de La Servante écarlate, le régime théocratique de la République de Galaad a toujours la mainmise sur le pouvoir, mais des signes ne trompent pas : il est en train de pourrir de l'intérieur. À cet instant crucial, les vies de trois femmes radicalement différentes convergent, avec des conséquences potentiellement explosives. Deux d'entre elles ont grandi de part et d'autre de la frontière : l'une à Galaad, comme la fille privilégiée d'un Commandant de haut rang, et l'autre au Canada, où elle participe à des manifestations contre Galaad tout en suivant sur le petit écran les horreurs dont le régime se rend coupable. Aux voix de ces deux jeunes femmes appartenant à la première génération à avoir grandi sous cet ordre nouveau se mêle une troisième, celle d'un des bourreaux du régime, dont le pouvoir repose sur les secrets qu'elle a recueillis sans scrupules pour un usage impitoyable. Et ce sont ces secrets depuis longtemps enfouis qui vont réunir ces trois femmes, forçant chacune à s'accepter et à accepter de défendre ses convictions profondes. En dévoilant l'histoire des femmes des Testaments, Margaret Atwood nous donne à voir les rouages internes de Galaad dans un savant mélange de suspense haletant, de vivacité d'esprit et de virtuosité créatrice. Booker Prize 2019 Meilleur roman catégorie littérature étrangère Prix Babelio 2020 Booker Prize 2019 Meilleur roman catégorie littérature étrangère Prix Babelio 2020

Margaret Atwood

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Margaret Atwood by Jonathan Noakes,Margaret Reynolds Summary

In Vintage Living Texts teachers and students will find the essential guide to the works of Margaret Atwood. This guide will deal with her themes, genre and narrative technique, and a close reading of the texts will be accompanied with likely exam questions, and contexts and comparisons - as well as providing a rich source of ideas for intelligent and inventive ways of approaching the novels.

Margaret Atwood's 'The Handmaid's Tale' and 'Oryx and Crake' - A Comparison

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Margaret Atwood's 'The Handmaid's Tale' and 'Oryx and Crake' - A Comparison by Martina Schönherr Summary

Seminar paper from the year 2007 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,3, University of Constance (Literaturwissenschaften), course: Margaret Atwood's Later Fiction, language: English, abstract: Margaret Atwood's novels The Handmaid's Tale (T.H.T., 1985) and Oryx and Crake (O. & C., 2003) are works of speculative fiction that are set in the near future. Both of the depicted scenarios take place in the U.S.A. and could be classified as "survivor's stories" as they are told from the perspective of a person that survived the new system or the catastrophe the books deal with. T.H.T. takes the reader into an oppressive system that has become reality in the year 2005. In this system women are divided into different kinds of "functional groups" according to their abilities. The story is told by the handmaid Offred who - as all handmaids - is still believed to be fertile. Thus she is solely good for childbearing and has not got any choice. This system however is confined to the United States so that there is still hope for an escape to a better life for the people living under the system. The scenario in O. & C. on the other hand occurs around the year 2025 and depicts a world wide catastrophe where Snowman - the narrator of the story - is one of the few surviving human beings. This paper will compare the two novels according to some points of analysis. I had to confine myself to a few themes as it is impossible to include all topics that could be of importance. To start with, I will take a look at the social and political background of the time the novels were written in, followed by a generic analysis of the works. Secondly I will answer the question about the inspiration for these novels and I will deal with the epilogues Atwood added to her books. This will be followed by a chapter about the main topics of the novels which are reproduction, religion and sexuality. Last but not least I will compare the main characters and discus

Religious Fundamentalism in Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale"

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Religious Fundamentalism in Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale" by Melanie Lemke Summary

Seminar paper from the year 2008 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2,7, RWTH Aachen University (Institut fur Anglistik), course: Utopian and Dystopian Novels, SS 2008, 24 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Margaret Atwood needs no longer an introduction in the common sense, because she is one of the most popular and productive writers in the world. Her works, especially her novels are taught at many universities worldwide. Her books are bestsellers and subjects of critical reviews and academical studies. Margaret Atwood wrote her novel The Handmaid's Tale in a time when religious fundamentalism had already been established in the United States. Through this historical background and her own experience with religious fundamentalism and the rising of feminism, it is not surprising that her novels also deal with such a thematic aspects. Moreover, Atwood copies her own experiences and imaginations of religious fundamentalism into the fictive and futuristic world of Gilead.

The Testaments

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The Testaments by Margaret Atwood Summary

SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE Margaret Atwood's dystopian masterpiece, The Handmaid's Tale, has become a modern classic—and now she brings the iconic story to a dramatic conclusion in this riveting sequel. More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid's Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results. Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third voice: a woman who wields power through the ruthless accumulation and deployment of secrets. As Atwood unfolds The Testaments, she opens up the innermost workings of Gilead as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes.

Scarlet Letters

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Scarlet Letters by Lee Briscoe Thompson Summary

Canadian Fiction Studies are an answer to every librarian's, student's, and teacher's wishes. Each book contains clear information on a major Canadian novel. Attractively produced, they contain a chronology of the author's life, information on the importance of the book and its critical reception, an in-depth reading of the text, and a selected list of works cited.

Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

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Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale by Gina Wisker Summary

Margaret Atwood's popular dystopian novel A Handmaid's Tale, engages the reader with a broad range of issues relating to power, gender and religious politics. This guide provides an overview of the key critical debates and interpretations of the novel and encourages you to engage with key questions and readings in your reading of the text. It includes discussion of key themes and concepts including: - Representation of women's roles, gender, sexuality and power - Language, style and form - Dystopias and genre fictions - Power, control and religious fundamentalism. Combining helpful guidance on reading Atwood's text with overviews of significant stylistic and thematic issues and an introduction to criticism, this is an ideal companion to reading and studying A Handmaid's Tale.