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Oryx and Crake
Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Virago Press
ISBN: 0349004064
Pages: 436
Year: 2013-01-01
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Pigs might not fly but they are strangely altered. So, for that matter, are wolves and racoons. A man, once named Jimmy, lives in a tree, wrapped in old bedsheets, now calls himself Snowman. The voice of Oryx, the woman he loved, teasingly haunts him. And the green-eyed Children of Crake are, for some reason, his responsibility. 'In Jimmy, Atwood has created a great character: a tragic-comic artist of the future, part buffoon, part Orpheus. An adman who's a sad man; a jealous lover who's in perpetual mourning; a fantasist who can only remember the past' - Independent 'Gripping and remarkably imagined' - London Review of Books
Oryx und Crake
Author: Margaret Atwood
ISBN: 3833309636
Pages: 380
Year: 2014-04
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Author: Gore Vidal
Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN: 0141180374
Pages: 255
Year: 1998-01-01
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Bestselling author Gore Vidal joins the ranks of Penguin Classics. To satisfy a public that longs for a savior, Vidal's eponymous hero of KALKI, born and bred in America's Midwest, establishes himself in Nepal, puts out the word that he is the last incarnation of the god Vishnu, and predicts an imminent apocalypse meant to cleanse the planet.
The Year of the Flood
Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Vintage Canada
ISBN: 0307398927
Pages: 448
Year: 2010-07-27
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From the Booker Prize–winning author of Oryx and Crake, the first book in the MaddAddam Trilogy, and The Handmaid’s Tale. Internationally acclaimed as ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR by, amongst others, the Globe and Mail, the New York Times, the New Yorker, and the Village Voice In a world driven by shadowy, corrupt corporations and the uncontrolled development of new, gene-spliced life forms, a man-made pandemic occurs, obliterating human life. Two people find they have unexpectedly survived: Ren, a young dancer locked inside the high-end sex club Scales and Tails (the cleanest dirty girls in town), and Toby, solitary and determined, who has barricaded herself inside a luxurious spa, watching and waiting. The women have to decide on their next move--they can’t stay hidden forever. But is anyone else out there? From the Trade Paperback edition.
Margaret Atwood
Author: J. Brooks Bouson
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 0826430627
Pages: 203
Year: 2010
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Science, Gender and History
Author: Suparna Banerjee
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1443873934
Pages: 160
Year: 2015-01-12
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The first substantial study comparing Mary Shelley and Margaret Atwood, this book examines a selection of the speculative/fantastic novels of these two influential writers from the perspectives of contemporary feminist, postcolonial and science studies. Situating her readings at the troubled intersections of science, gender and history(-making), Banerjee juxtaposes Shelley’s Frankenstein and The Last Man with Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Oryx and Crake in a way that respects historical difference while convincingly suggesting a tradition of ongoing socio-political critique in the work of women writers of the fantastic over the past two centuries. She offers insightful fresh readings of Shelley and Atwood, bringing out how the cognate values of technoscience and capitalistic imperialism work in tandem to foster oppressive gender ideologies, social inequity and environmental ruin. Banerjee explores how Shelley and Atwood levy powerful critiques of both positivist, masculinist science and the politico-economic proclivities of their respective times, engaging, in the process, with the meaning of the (post)human, the cultural impact of male (Romantic) egotism and the public/private division, the colonial impulse and its modern day counterpart, the patriarchal ideologies of ‘love’ and motherhood, and the sexual-politics of official historiography. Combining lively, creative scholarship with theoretical rigour, the book offers a nuanced study of the ways in which Shelley’s and Atwood’s novels each take critical aim at some of the conventional oppositions—nature/culture, masculine/feminine, reason/emotion, art/science—that have since long defined our lives in western technoculture. The book re-opens the ‘two-cultures’ debate, suggesting that Shelley’s and Atwood’s futuristic visions posit humanistic education and art as the ‘saving graces’ that might counter the schisms and reductionism innate to the technocapitalistic world view. One highlight of the book is the way the author goes beyond a strong critical consensus on Frankenstein and reads the novel not as a denunciation of technological violation of nature but as a subversion of the thematic itself of Nature versus Culture. Similar innovative interpretations are offered on the gender question in The Last Man, and on Atwood’s engagement with ‘feminist mothering’ in Oryx and Crake.
Margaret Atwood
Author: Shannon Hengen, Ashley Thomson
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 0810866684
Pages: 456
Year: 2007-05-22
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Authors Shannon Hengen and Ashley Thomson have assembled a reference guide that covers all of the works written by the acclaimed Canadian author Margaret Atwood since 1988, including her novels Cat's Eye, The Robber Bride, Alias Grace, and the 2000 Booker Prize winner, The Blind Assassin. Rather than just including Atwood's books, this guide includes all of Atwood's works, including articles, short stories, letters, and individual poetry. Adaptations of Atwood's works are also included, as are some of her more public quotations. Secondary entries (i.e. interviews, scholarly resources, and reviews) are first sorted by type, and then arranged alphabetically by author, to allow greater ease of navigation. The individual chapters are organized chronologically, with each subdivided into seven categories: Atwood's Works, Adaptations, Quotations, Interviews, Scholarly Resources, Reviews of Atwood's Works, and Reviews of Adaptations of Atwood's Works. The book also includes a chapter entitled 'Atwood on the Web,' as well as extensive author and subject indexes. This new bibliography significantly enhances access to Atwood material, a feature that will be welcomed by university, public, and school librarians. Margaret Atwood: A Reference Guide 1988-2005 will appeal not only to Atwood scholars, but to students and fans of one of Canada's greatest writers.
The Blind Assassin
Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Emblem Editions
ISBN: 1551994941
Pages: 648
Year: 2010-12-10
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“Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge.” These words are spoken by Iris Chase Griffen, married at eighteen to a wealthy industrialist but now poor and eighty-two. Iris recalls her far from exemplary life, and the events leading up to her sister’s death, gradually revealing the carefully guarded Chase family secrets. Among these is “The Blind Assassin,” a novel that earned the dead Laura Chase not only notoriety but also a devoted cult following. Sexually explicit for its time, it was a pulp fantasy improvised by two unnamed lovers who meet secretly in rented rooms and seedy cafés. As this novel-within-a-novel twists and turns through love and jealousy, self-sacrifice and betrayal, so does the real narrative, as both move closer to war and catastrophe. Margaret Atwood’s Booker Prize-winning sensation combines elements of gothic drama, romantic suspense, and science fiction fantasy in a spellbinding tale. From the Hardcover edition.
Margaret Atwood's 'The Handmaid's Tale' and 'Oryx and Crake' - A Comparison
Author: Martina Schönherr
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 364042025X
Pages: 56
Year: 2009-09
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Seminar paper from the year 2007 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,3, University of Constance (Literaturwissenschaften), course: Margaret Atwood's Later Fiction, language: English, abstract: Margaret Atwood's novels The Handmaid's Tale (T.H.T., 1985) and Oryx and Crake (O. & C., 2003) are works of speculative fiction that are set in the near future. Both of the depicted scenarios take place in the U.S.A. and could be classified as "survivor's stories" as they are told from the perspective of a person that survived the new system or the catastrophe the books deal with. T.H.T. takes the reader into an oppressive system that has become reality in the year 2005. In this system women are divided into different kinds of "functional groups" according to their abilities. The story is told by the handmaid Offred who - as all handmaids - is still believed to be fertile. Thus she is solely good for childbearing and has not got any choice. This system however is confined to the United States so that there is still hope for an escape to a better life for the people living under the system. The scenario in O. & C. on the other hand occurs around the year 2025 and depicts a world wide catastrophe where Snowman - the narrator of the story - is one of the few surviving human beings. This paper will compare the two novels according to some points of analysis. I had to confine myself to a few themes as it is impossible to include all topics that could be of importance. To start with, I will take a look at the social and political background of the time the novels were written in, followed by a generic analysis of the works. Secondly I will answer the question about the inspiration for these novels and I will deal with the epilogues Atwood added to her books. This will be followed by a chapter about the main topics of the novels which are reproduction, religion and sexuality. Last but not least I will compare the main characters and discus
Author: Roman Bartosch
Publisher: Rodopi
ISBN: 9401209340
Pages: 315
Year: 2013
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This book addresses the role and potential of literature in the process of contesting and re-evaluating concepts of nature and animality, describing one’s individual environment as the starting point for such negotiations. It employs the notion of the ‘literary event’ to discuss the specific literary quality of verbal art conceptualised as EnvironMentality. EnvironMentality is grounded on the understanding that fiction does not explain or second scientific and philosophical notions but that it poses a fundamental challenge to any form of knowledge manifesting in processes determined by the human capacity to think beyond a given hermeneutic situation. Bartosch foregrounds the dialectics of understanding the other by means of literary interpretation in ecocritical readings of novels by Amitav Ghosh, Zakes Mda, Yann Martel, Margaret Atwood and J.M. Coetzee, arguing that EnvironMentality helps us as readers of fiction to learn from the books we read that which can only be learned by means of reading: to “think like a mountain” (Aldo Leopold) and to know “what it is like to be a bat” (Thomas Nagel).
Alias Grace
Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0307797953
Pages: 480
Year: 2011-06-08
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Now a 6-part Netflix original mini-series: in Alias Grace, the bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale takes readers into the life of one of the most notorious women of the nineteenth century. It's 1843, and Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer and his housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders. An up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness is engaged by a group of reformers and spiritualists who seek a pardon for Grace. He listens to her story while bringing her closer and closer to the day she cannot remember. What will he find in attempting to unlock her memories? Captivating and disturbing, Alias Grace showcases bestselling, Booker Prize-winning author Margaret Atwood at the peak of her powers.
Elminster in Hell
Author: Ed Greenwood
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
ISBN: 0786961600
Pages: 416
Year: 2011-11-01
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Hell Hath Such Fury On the world of his birth he's all but a god, but when an ancient evil banishes him to the depths of the Nine Hells, he's just another lost soul. Elminster, Sage of Shadowdale, Chosen of Mystra, faces his most desperate struggle--to survive, to escape, to cling to his very sanity--and all the forces of the inferno are rallied against him. The top-selling book by the creator of the Forgotten Realms universe is now available as an eBook!
Cat's Eye
Author: Margaret Atwood
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0307797961
Pages: 480
Year: 2011-06-08
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Handmaid's Tale From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Blind Assassin comes a breathtaking novel about a woman grappling with the tangled knot of her life. Disturbing, hilarious, and compassionate, Cat’s Eye is the story of Elaine Risley, a controversial painter who returns to Toronto, the city of her youth, for a retrospective of her art. Engulfed by vivid images of the past, she reminisces about a trio of girls who initiated her into the fierce politics of childhood and its secret world of friendship, longing, and betrayal. Elaine must come to terms with her own identity as a daughter, a lover, an artist, and a woman—but above all she must seek release from her haunting memories.
Through Black Spruce
Author: Joseph Boyden
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0670020575
Pages: 360
Year: 2009
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Maintaining a bedside vigil for her comatose uncle, Annie Bird remembers a painful search for her missing model sister; while her uncle Will, a legendary Cree bush pilot, ruminates on a tragic betrayal that cost him his family. By the author of Three Day Road.
Margaret Atwood: 'Oryx und Crake' - Können heute noch literarische Utopien erzählt werden oder sind wir in der Zukunft angekommen?
Author: Natalie Raffetzeder, Ruth Papacek
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 3638810844
Pages: 70
Year: 2007
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Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2006 im Fachbereich Germanistik - Neuere Deutsche Literatur, Note: 1,0, Universitat Wien, 12 Quellen im Literaturverzeichnis, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Die vorliegende Arbeit konzentriert sich in erster Linie auf Margaret Atwoods Werk Oryx und Crake. Hierbei soll der Fokus aber nicht auf der Form ihrer literarischen Konzeption liegen, vielmehr sind es die inhaltlichen Aspekte ihrer Dystopie und die literarischen Subjekt- und Genderkonstruktionen, die wir beleuchten wollen. Die Phanomene der geschilderten fiktionalen Gesellschaft bieten interessanterweise die Moglichkeit, sie dahingehend zu prufen, ob sie in unserer heutigen menschlichen Sozietat so bereits anzutreffen sind. In diesem Kontext sei darauf verwiesen, dass Atwood ihren Roman ausgehend von empirischen Tatsachen konstruierte; das Geschehen prasentiert sich als ein - fur unsere reale Zukunft - potentielles. Ein Abschnitt uber die Intention der Autorin, Oryx und Crake zu schreiben, widmet sich dieser Thematik. Die literarischen Verfahren der Autorin werden dann ebenfalls zur Sprache kommen, wesentlicher erscheint es uns aber, die subjektive Erfahrungswelt, den Innenraum, der Protagonisten von Oryx und Crake - unter Berucksichtigung von Genderkategorien - zu beleuchten. Die Fragenstellung, die unserer Arbeit zugrunde liegt, lautet daruber hinaus, ob zum gegenwartigen Zeitpunkt noch Utopien erzahlt werden konnen. Bevor es gilt, auf diese Problematik einzugehen, musste allerdings zunachst die grundlegendere Frage gestellt werden, welche von einer Festlegung auf einen historischen Zeitpunkt - einem Jetzt im Jahr 2006 - absieht, und folglich zu formulieren ist, ob Utopien uberhaupt einmal als Phanomen der Vergangenheit zu bezeichnen sind bzw. ob ein Ende der Utopie prinzipiell denkbar ist. Erst wenn diese Frage verneint werden kann, erscheint es sinnvoll, die Potentiale der Utopie zu betrachten. Da es methodisch aber ausserst schwierig ist, eine Hypothese uber einen solch allgemein

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