Margaret Atwood: Textual Assassinations: Recent Poetry and Fiction

(Editor), S. R. W. Margaret Atwood: Textual Assassinations: Recent Poetry and Fiction. Ohio State University Press, 2003.

Atwood’s recent poetry and short fiction, especially experimental pieces, have been largely ignored. This collection explores Atwood’s new ways of presenting continuing themes, including survival. The issues of power and sexual politics that mark Atwood’s earliest work have evolved. Beginning in the eighties and nineties and now in the twenty-first century, Atwood’s characters and readers have become more aware of the multicultural, colonized, racist, and classist as well as patriarchal, sexist, and hypocritical nature of the worlds they occupy. Increasingly, Atwood’s survivors are trickster creators, using their verbal “magic” to transform their worlds. This new book contains new, never-published, groundbreaking essays on recent texts by many of the most well-known, Atwood and Canadian studies scholars, most of whom have written books on Margaret Atwood. Many of the essays consider the focus text in reference to all Atwood’s work.