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This Book Is an Action: Feminist Print Culture and Activist Aesthetics

Cecilia Konchar Farr and Jaime Harker (eds)

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039805
eISBN:
9780252097904
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039805.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

The Women's Liberation Movement held a foundational belief in the written word's power to incite social change. This book investigates the dynamic print culture that emerged as the feminist movement ... More


Singing across the Faultlines: Cultural Shifts in Twentieth-Century Receptions of Homer

Lorna Hardwick

in Homer in the Twentieth Century: Between World Literature and the Western Canon

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199298266
eISBN:
9780191711602
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199298266.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter tries to disentangle some of the cultural strands involved in recent receptions of Homer. Eschewing linear models of reception, it instead focuses on the potential of Homer receptions to ... More


‘Almost the Same as Being Innocent’: Celebrated Murderesses and National Narratives in Walter Scott's The Heart of Mid-Lothian and Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace

Evan Gottlieb

in Scottish Literature and Postcolonial Literature: Comparative Texts and Critical Perspectives

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748637744
eISBN:
9780748652143
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637744.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter addresses two of the most prominent writers from Scotland and Canada — Walter Scott and Margaret Atwood. It specifically considers Scott's The Heart of Mid-Lothian and Atwood's Alias ... More


Between Words, Numbers, and Things: Transgenics and Other Objects of Life in Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Trilogy

J. Paul Narkunas

in Reified Life: Speculative Capital and the Ahuman Condition

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780823280308
eISBN:
9780823281534
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823280308.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter further outlines the concept of speculative fictions with Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy. Atwood depicts a post-apocalyptic and posthuman future, where the speculative promise of ... More


The New Poverty of Theory: Material Turns in a Latourian World

Roger Cooter and Claudia Stein

in Writing History in the Age of Biomedicine

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300186635
eISBN:
9780300189438
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300186635.003.0010
Subject:
History, Historiography

This chapter presents an analysis of an essay on the material turn in history. It offers a commentary on Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood and criticizes Patrick Joyce's ... More


The Commodity at the End of the World

Raymond Malewitz

in The Practice of Misuse: Rugged Consumerism in Contemporary American Culture

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780804791960
eISBN:
9780804792998
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804791960.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This conclusion examines the relationship between post-apocalyptic art and the economic and geopolitical crises of the late 20th and early 21st century. The chapter begins by arguing that Midwestern ... More


The Vilification of Thomas Paine: Constructing a Folk Devil in the 1790s

Michael T. Davis

in Liberty, Property and Popular Politics: England and Scotland, 1688-1815. Essays in Honour of H. T. Dickinson

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781474405676
eISBN:
9781474418805
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474405676.003.0013
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter focuses on Thomas Paine as a ‘folk devil’, the ways in which stories and myths about him and his works were implicated in the tense politics of the 1790s. Two narratives, one involving a ... More


Conclusion: The Clockwork Princess, or Justice for the Dolls

Hilary M. Schor

in Curious Subjects: Women and the Trials of Realism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199928095
eISBN:
9780199980550
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199928095.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature, Women's Literature

The conclusion of this book turns to the realist novel in the age of posthumanism, looking for what Michel Foucault calls the “dream … of a new age of curiosity.” By examining the fiction of Margaret ... More


The Anthropocene, the Posthuman, and the Animal

Lars Schmeink

in Biopunk Dystopias Genetic Engineering, Society and Science Fiction

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781781383766
eISBN:
9781786944115
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781383766.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Chapter 3 analyzes two exemplary literary works dealing with the creation of new posthuman species as a consequence of contemporary consumer society. With liquid modernity commodifying all aspects of ... More


Contemporary Bluebeard

Casie E. Hermansson

in Bluebeard: A Reader's Guide to the English Tradition

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604732306
eISBN:
9781604733532
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604732306.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

Different versions of Charles Perrault’s French fairy tale “Bluebeard” proliferated throughout the latter half of the twentieth century. From Max Frisch’s novel Bluebeard: A Tale (1982) to Charles ... More


Documenting Fascism in Three Guineas and The Handmaid’s Tale: An Examination of Woolf’s Textual Notes and Scrapbooks and Atwood’s “Historical Notes”

Vara Neverow

in Virginia Woolf and the Common(wealth) Reader

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780989082679
eISBN:
9781781382196
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780989082679.003.0022
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter presents a reading of Virginia Woolf's 1938 essay, Three Guineas and Margaret Atwood's 1985 dystopian speculative novel, The Handmaid's Tale. These visionary works engage explicitly with ... More


Sacrificing Gender: From “Republican Mothers” to Defense of Marriage Acts

Jon Pahl

in Empire of Sacrifice: The Religious Origins of American Violence

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814767627
eISBN:
9780814768440
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814767627.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines how violence around the category of gender has frequently found its roots in religion in American history. The way that male and female identity and heterosexual norms have ... More


“The Element that Shaped Me, That I Shape by Being In”: Alternative Natures in Margaret Atwood’s and

Jill E. Anderson

in This Book Is an Action: Feminist Print Culture and Activist Aesthetics

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039805
eISBN:
9780252097904
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039805.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter presents a reading of Margaret Atwood's Surfacing (1971) and The Edible Woman (1969). It argues that a fully feminist reading of these two novels must address how each contributes to the ... More


The Principle of Virtual Work

Jennifer Coopersmith

in The Lazy Universe: An Introduction to the Principle of Least Action

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
June 2017
ISBN:
9780198743040
eISBN:
9780191802966
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198743040.003.0004
Subject:
Physics, Particle Physics / Astrophysics / Cosmology, History of Physics

The meaning behind the mysterious Principle of Virtual Work is explained. Some worked examples in statics (equilibrium) are given, and the method of Virtual Work is compared and contrasted with the ... More


The Forecast is Hurricane: Circe’s Powers and Circe’s Desires in Modern Women’s Poetry

Sheila Murnaghan and Deborah H. Roberts

in Homer's Daughters: Women's Responses to Homer in the Twentieth Century and Beyond

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780198802587
eISBN:
9780191840876
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198802587.003.0011
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Along with its heroine Penelope, the Odyssey presents an array of ‘other women’, female figures such as the Sirens, Calypso, and Circe, who impede Odysseus’ progress and stand as rivals to Penelope, ... More


Rereading Penelope’s Web: The Anxieties of Female Authorship in Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad

Jasmine Richards

in Homer's Daughters: Women's Responses to Homer in the Twentieth Century and Beyond

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780198802587
eISBN:
9780191840876
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198802587.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Feminist readings of the Odyssey often cast Penelope’s weaving and unravelling of Laertes’ shroud as an act of resistance against the suitors and the threat they pose to her independence, and as a ... More


Relapse: Transmitting Roman Plague in the West

Hunter H. Gardner

in Pestilence and the Body Politic in Latin Literature

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780198796428
eISBN:
9780191837708
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198796428.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The seventh chapter of this project examines the transmission of Roman plague in literary and visual arts, beginning with the early Christian period and proceeding up through the present day. Such a ... More


Mid-Century Adaptations, or Albedo

Theodore Ziolkowski

in The Alchemist in Literature: From Dante to the Present

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780198746836
eISBN:
9780191809187
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198746836.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, European Literature, Mythology and Folklore

The growing popularity of alchemy as a metaphor led to the adaptation of the alchemist in novels and plays by Hugo, Dumas, and Balzac, in all of which the alchemist’s noble ambition or lust for gold ... More


Major Authors: Robertson Davies, Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje

Coral Ann Howells

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 12: The Novel in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the South Pacific Since 1950

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780199679775
eISBN:
9780191869778
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199679775.003.0024
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

This chapter discusses the works of three Canadian novelists best known internationally: Robertson Davies, Margaret Atwood, and Michael Ondaatje. The careers of Davies, Atwood, and Ondaatje, although ... More


Popular Fiction

Jeannette Sloniowski and Marilyn Rose

in The Oxford History of the Novel in English: Volume 12: The Novel in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the South Pacific Since 1950

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
June 2018
ISBN:
9780199679775
eISBN:
9780191869778
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199679775.003.0028
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

This chapter examines the history of popular fiction in Canada. In Canada, popular culture reflects not only Canadian experience but also cultural anxieties as they have permeated and shaped the ... More


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