Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale as a Self-Subverting Text

Ingersoll, Earl G.; Mauguière, Bénédicte
January 1998
Cultural Identities in Canadian Literature/ Identités Culturell;1998, p103
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An essay from the book "Cultural Identities in Canadian Literature" is presented. It argues that Margaret Atwood's novel "The Handmaid's Tale" problematizes the narrative desire by offering the reader a first-person narrative that suddenly stops with a historical note in a seemingly separate text. In essence, Atwood plays a narrative joke on her readers. This technique was reminiscent of George Orwell's 'Principle of Newspeak' at the end of his novel, "1984."


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