CHAPTER 6: Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale: A 'Variety of Literary Utopias'

January 2002
Selected Essays in English Literatures: British & Canadian;2002, p117
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The chapter comments on Northrop Frye's article, Varieties of Literary Utopias, in his book The Stubborn Structure: Essays on Criticism and Society, published in 1970, which tackled Margaret Atwood's book, The Handmaid's Tale. Significant points from Frye's sequence of arguments are enumerated and discussed, including the element of ritual in utopia-writing and that utopia is a speculative myth. The article comments on the ambiguity of the literary utopian discourse signifying metaphors.


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