Atwood’s Body Politic: a Taxonomy of Gender Representation

Authors

  • Michelle Gadpaille

Keywords:

Margaret Atwood, gender, female body in fiction

Abstract

This article applies Butler’s concepts of gender as construction and performance to a selection of fiction by margaret Atwood. By using binary categories inspired by the theory of Eagleton and cixous, the author proposes a taxonomy of narrative techniques employed by Atwood to embed the female body into cultural and political discourse.

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Published

25-06-2021

How to Cite

Gadpaille, M. (2021). Atwood’s Body Politic: a Taxonomy of Gender Representation . Philologia, 6(1), 7–15. Retrieved from http://philologia.org.rs/index.php/ph/article/view/249

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Emeritus