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Margaret Atwood
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Margaret Atwood enjoys a unique prominence in Canadian letters. With over thirty books to her credit, in genres ranging from children's writing to dystopic novels, she is as creatively diverse as she is internationally acclaimed. Her success, however, has been double-edged: the very popularity that makes her such a prominent figure in the literary world also renders her vulnerable to claims of being a "sell-out," as she relates in her Empson lectures. The Open Eye negotiates the space between these positions, acknowledging Atwood's remarkable achievement while considering how it impacts on national politics and identity.

The range of perspectives in this volume is stimulating and enlightening. The Open Eye begins with a focus on Atwood as she presents herself and is presented in Canada and abroad, and then proceeds to consider, more broadly, the intersection of life and literature that Atwood's works and persona effect. It offers fresh insight into Atwood's early writing, redresses the critical void regarding her poetry and shorter prose pieces, and provides a critical base from which readers can assess Atwood's most recent novels.

A common thread throughout these essays is the recognition of Atwood's importance in the literary realm in general, and in Canadian literature more particularly.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-x
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. xi-xviii
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  1. Abbreviated Titles
  2. pp. ix-xx
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  1. Haunting Ourselves in Her Words
  2. John Moss
  3. pp. 1-8
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  1. Open Eyes: An Introduction
  2. Tobi Kozakewich
  3. pp. 9-16
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  1. Subject/Object
  1. Margaret Atwood: Branding an Icon Abroad
  2. Laura Moss
  3. pp. 19-34
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  1. "A Slightly Uneasy Eminence": The Celebrity of Margaret Atwood
  2. Lorraine York
  3. pp. 35-48
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  1. Eyes Wide Shut: Atwood, Bill C-32, and the Rights of the Author
  2. Renee Hulan
  3. pp. 49-64
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  1. "Les talents de la voisine": Margaret Atwood and Quebec
  2. Eve-Marie Kroller
  3. pp. 65-80
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  1. P.K. Page and Margaret Atwood: Continuity in Canadian Writing
  2. Sandra Djwa
  3. pp. 81-94
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  1. Negotiations with the Living Archive
  2. Robert McGill
  3. pp. 95-106
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  1. Writing History, from The Journals of Susanna Moodie to The Blind Assassin
  2. Coral Ann Howells
  3. pp. 107-120
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  1. Atwood and the "Autobiographical Pact"—for Reingard Nischik
  2. Sherrill Grace
  3. pp. 121-134
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  1. Earlier Novels
  1. "Saying Boo to Colonialism": Surfacing, Tom Thomson, and the National Ghost
  2. Cynthia Sugars
  3. pp. 137-158
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  1. A Silhouette of Madness: Reading Atwood's Surfacing
  2. Tina Trigg
  3. pp. 159-170
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  1. "It looked at me with its mashed eye": Animal and Human Suffering in Surfacing
  2. Janice Fiamengo
  3. pp. 171-184
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  1. Having It Both Ways? Romance, Realism, and Irony in Lady Oracle's Adulterous Affairs
  2. Tobi Kozakewich
  3. pp. 185-194
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  1. How Can a Feminist Read The Handmaid's Tale? A Study of Offred's Narrative
  2. Tai Yamamoto
  3. pp. 195-206
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  1. "Lurid Yet Muted": Narrative and the Sabotage of Dissident Voice in Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace
  2. Julie Godin
  3. pp. 207-216
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  1. A Contemporary Psychologist Looks at Atwood's Construction of Personality in Alias Grace
  2. Regina M. Edmonds
  3. pp. 217-230
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  1. Atwood and Class: Lady Oracle, Cat's Eye, and Alias Grace
  2. Frank Davey
  3. pp. 231-240
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  1. Short Fiction and Poetry
  1. Funny Bones Are Good Bones: Atwood and Humour
  2. Wanda Campbell
  3. pp. 243-256
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  1. "Back from the Dead": Journeys to the Underworld in Wilderness Tips
  2. Pamela S. Bromberg
  3. pp. 257-268
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  1. "It's still you": Aging and Identity in Atwood's Poetry
  2. Sara Jamieson
  3. pp. 269-278
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  1. "Com[ing] Through Darkness": Margaret Atwood's "I"-Opening Lyricism
  2. David R. Jarraway
  3. pp. 279-290
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  1. Power Politics/Power Politics: Atwood and Foucault
  2. Pilar Somacarrera
  3. pp. 291-304
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  1. The Two-Headed Opus
  2. Christine Evain
  3. pp. 305-318
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  1. Incandescence: "the power of what is not there" in Margaret Atwood's Morning in the Burned House
  2. pp. 319-330
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  1. Eye-Openers: Photography in Margaret Atwood's Poetry
  2. Reingard M. Nischik, Julia Breitbach
  3. pp. 331-346
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  1. The Blind Assassin and Oryx and Crake
  1. Negotiating with the Looking Glass: Atwood, Her Protagonists, and the Journey to the Dead
  2. Phyllis Sternberg Perrakis
  3. pp. 349-360
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  1. The Body of/as Evidence: Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin, and the Feminist Literary Mystery
  2. Wendy Roy
  3. pp. 361-372
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  1. The Dead Are in the Hands of the Living: Memory Haunting Storytelling in Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin
  2. Helena Hyttinen
  3. pp. 373-384
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  1. Margaret Atwood and the Critical Limits of Embodiment
  2. Sally Chivers
  3. pp. 385-396
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  1. Frankenstein's Gaze and Atwood's Sexual Politics in Oryx and Crake
  2. Sharon R. Wilson
  3. pp. 397-406
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  1. The Representation of the Absent Mother in Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake
  2. Nathalie Foy
  3. pp. 407-420
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  1. Resistance in Futility: The Cyborg Identities of Oryx and Crake
  2. Michele Lacombe
  3. pp. 421-432
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  1. Oryx and Crake: Atwood's Ironic Inversion of Frankenstein
  2. Hilde Staels
  3. pp. 433-446
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  1. Atwood's Global Ethic: The Open Eye, The Blinded Eye
  2. Diana Brydon
  3. pp. 447-458
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  1. Postscript
  1. Propositions from a (Reap)praising Margaret Atwood Conference
  2. Frank Davey
  3. pp. 461-464
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 465-474
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  1. Series Info
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