Margaret Atwood’s Apocalypses
Margaret Atwood’s Apocalypses features essays by established and new Atwood scholars on Atwood’s poetry, The Handmaid’s Tale, and the famous MaddAddam trilogy. Readers will encounter ways to trace the theme of apocalypse through decades of Atwood’s work, and lenses through which to view various fictional apocalypses, including disability studies, theology, and ecofeminism.
Karma Waltonen asked people to join her for a weekly meeting of the “Margaret Atwood Book Club” in 2005, to help with her dissertation: “Reading Margaret Atwood in Theory and Practice: Active Reading, Witnessing, and Community”. When the project was completed, they wanted to keep coming, to keep reading, although they have to read some non-Atwood now and again. She is the former President of the Margaret Atwood Society, and is the current editor of Margaret Atwood Studies. She teaches a variety of writing courses in the University Writing Program at the University of California—Davis, in addition to courses on graphic novels, science and literature, writing and performing stand-up comedy, and The Simpsons. She co-authored The Simpsons in the Classroom: Embiggening the Learning Experience with the Wisdom of Springfield in 2010. Recent publications include articles on time travel in Star Trek, the ethics of religious cults in Doctor Who, and, of course, Margaret Atwood.
“The apocalyptical is very clearly Atwood’s crucial twenty-first century theme, and the essays in this collection cohere in intelligently exploring both how Atwood is articulating it now and how Atwood’s vision arrived at this very frightening point. The Waltonen collection will, then, be often cited, for it deftly probes the very topic that Atwood quite rightly wants her readers to consider thoughtfully.”
Theodore F. Sheckels, President, Margaret Atwood Society
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