Abstract

Margaret Atwood's interpretation of the concept of becoming or going Wendigo, discussed in her work Strange Things (1995), is useful to a reading of Antonia Bird's film Ravenous (1999). This essay will first investigate Atwood's novel Oryx and Crake (2003) as an application of her own conclusions regarding the Wendigo as a cultural metaphor. Then the essay will analyze Bird's deployment of the Wendigo in her film—which, unlike Oryx and Crake, directly establishes a specific temporal and geographical setting, during the Mexican-American war in the wilds of northern California—in order to consider how the iconic Wendigo serves as a symbol for a critique of Manifest Destiny and military resistance.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1542-4286
Print ISSN
0093-3139
Pages
pp. 134-155
Launched on MUSE
2011-07-22
Open Access
No
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