Margaret Atwood: Works and Impact

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Camden House, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 344 pages
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Novelist, poet, cultural critic, Margaret Atwood is one of the most fascinating, versatile, and productive authors of our time, a superb writer in any genre she chooses to tackle. This book was prepared on the occasion of Atwood's sixtieth birthday in November 1999. Its first aim is therefore to take stock of Atwood's multifarious works and international impact at the height of her creative powers. Secondly, the book serves as a wide-ranging introduction to the writer and her works. Fifteen informative articles written specifically for this volume by Atwood specialists from Canada, the USA, the UK, Germany, and France treat her life and status, her works (up-to-date survey articles on Atwood's novels, short fiction, poetry, and literary and cultural criticism), and important approaches to her works (from the standpoints of gender politics, mythology, ecology, popular culture, constructivism, and Canadian nationalism). A final section on creativity, transmission, and reception includes an interview with Atwood on creativity, statements by some of Atwood's important transmitters, including publishers, editors, literary agents, and translators, and some 15 statements by Atwood's fellow writers, in which they explore her importance for them. A number of photographs of Atwood, several cartoons drawn by her, an up-to-date bibliography of works by and about Atwood, and an index round out the volume. Reingard M. Nischik is Professor of American literature at the University of Konstanz, Germany.
 

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Contents

Margaret Atwood
15
Her Impact on Teaching
41
Margaret Atwoods Novels
73
Margaret Atwoods Short Fiction
87
Margaret Atwoods Poetry 19661995
97
Margaret Atwoods
120
A Generic Approach
139
A Canadian Nationalist
166
ReConstructions of Reality in Margaret Atwoods
229
An Interview with Margaret Atwood
277
Working with Margaret Atwood
287
Charted and Uncharted Courses
289
Assisting Margaret Atwood
295
The JStroke
301
Bibliography
319
Notes on the Contributors
325

Margaret Atwood the Land and Ecology
180
Kitsch Camp and Trash
202
Mythological Intertexts
215

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Reingard M. Nischik is a professor of American literature at the University of Constance, Germany. Her numerous publications include more than thirty articles and fifteen books devoted to Canadian literature, including "Gaining Ground: European Critics on Canadian Literature", co-edited with Robert Kroetsch, and "Margaret Atwood: Works and Impact", which won the Best Book Award of the Margaret Atwood Society.

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