Dystopian Novels In The Handmaid's Tale

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Alter, A. (2017, January 27). Uneasy About the Future, Readers Turn to Dystopian Classics. New York Times. Alter (2017) provides an overview of how dystopian literature is making a rapid comeback, especially during a time of such political divide in the United States. While Alter (2017) also explores the increased demand for other well-known dystopian novels and especially looks heavily at George Orwell’s 1984, initial focus is given to Atwood’s (1998) The Handmaid’s Tale, considering its direct relation to women’s rights and the article’s timeliness in regards to the Women’s March on Washington. According to Atwood (2017) the book’s sales have spiked 30 percent in 2016. This article is relevant to my paper as it provides background on why…show more content…
(2004). Margaret Atwood: A critical companion. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Taking a biographical approach, Cooke (2004)

Deys, K. L. (2011). The American Consumerist Model Reimagined in The Handmaid's Tale: "Freedom," Religion, and Embodiment. Retrieved from
Deys (2011) examines Atwood’s (1998) The Handmaid’s Tale and its recurring themes of freedom, religion and embodiment. In particular, Dey’s (2011) exploration of the word “freedom”assists in backing my decision to coin the word as a charismatic term, according to the Richard Weaver’s approach I’m taking with my analysis.

Kouhestani, M. (2012). Sexual Oppression and Religious Extremism in Margaret Atwood's the Handmaid's Tale. Retrieved from In Kouhestani’s (2012) analysis of Atwood’s (1998) The Handmaid’s Tale,

Tolan, F. (2005). Feminist utopias and questions of liberty: Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale as critique of second wave feminism. Women: A Cultural Review, 16(1), 18-32.
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