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Reviewing The Handmaid's Tale

Reviewing The Handmaid's Tale 112/113 ARCHITECTURE AND CULTURE Reviewing The Handmaid’s Tale Stephen Walker Stephen Walker, Reader in It is interesting to review Atwood’s well-known book now, nearly thirty Architecture, University of years after it was first released, and in the pages of Architecture and Sheffield. s.j.walker@sheffield.ac.uk Culture. Since it was first published, it has been widely discussed, adapted for stage, screen and radio and has picked up numerous Keywords: Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s prestigious awards. It has also been praised and criticized in roughly Tale, discipline, technology, equal measure; from both these positions, much attention history, nature, writing understandably focuses on the extent to which the book can or should Volume 1/Issues 1 and 2 be read as a feminist critique of contemporary society. November 2013 pp113–128 The story is narrated by an anonymous “Handmaid,” who DOI: 10.2752/ recounts her experience of this imposed social role within a newly 175145213X13756908698658 instituted society characterized by suffocating class boundaries and Reprints available directly crushing requirements around class/role conformity: geopolitical “sect from the publishers. Photocopying permitted wars” form part of the novel’s back-story and background. The narrator by license only. is known by her quasi-patronymic “given” name Offred (of Fred), which © Bloomsbury 2013. nominates http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architecture and Culture Taylor & Francis

Reviewing The Handmaid's Tale

Architecture and Culture , Volume 1 (1): 15 – Nov 1, 2013

Reviewing The Handmaid's Tale

Architecture and Culture , Volume 1 (1): 15 – Nov 1, 2013

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112/113 ARCHITECTURE AND CULTURE Reviewing The Handmaid’s Tale Stephen Walker Stephen Walker, Reader in It is interesting to review Atwood’s well-known book now, nearly thirty Architecture, University of years after it was first released, and in the pages of Architecture and Sheffield. s.j.walker@sheffield.ac.uk Culture. Since it was first published, it has been widely discussed, adapted for stage, screen and radio and has picked up numerous Keywords: Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s prestigious awards. It has also been praised and criticized in roughly Tale, discipline, technology, equal measure; from both these positions, much attention history, nature, writing understandably focuses on the extent to which the book can or should Volume 1/Issues 1 and 2 be read as a feminist critique of contemporary society. November 2013 pp113–128 The story is narrated by an anonymous “Handmaid,” who DOI: 10.2752/ recounts her experience of this imposed social role within a newly 175145213X13756908698658 instituted society characterized by suffocating class boundaries and Reprints available directly crushing requirements around class/role conformity: geopolitical “sect from the publishers. Photocopying permitted wars” form part of the novel’s back-story and background. The narrator by license only. is known by her quasi-patronymic “given” name Offred (of Fred), which © Bloomsbury 2013. nominates

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Taylor & Francis
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© 2013 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC
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2050-7836
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2050-7828
DOI
10.2752/175145213X13756908698658
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Abstract

112/113 ARCHITECTURE AND CULTURE Reviewing The Handmaid’s Tale Stephen Walker Stephen Walker, Reader in It is interesting to review Atwood’s well-known book now, nearly thirty Architecture, University of years after it was first released, and in the pages of Architecture and Sheffield. s.j.walker@sheffield.ac.uk Culture. Since it was first published, it has been widely discussed, adapted for stage, screen and radio and has picked up numerous Keywords: Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s prestigious awards. It has also been praised and criticized in roughly Tale, discipline, technology, equal measure; from both these positions, much attention history, nature, writing understandably focuses on the extent to which the book can or should Volume 1/Issues 1 and 2 be read as a feminist critique of contemporary society. November 2013 pp113–128 The story is narrated by an anonymous “Handmaid,” who DOI: 10.2752/ recounts her experience of this imposed social role within a newly 175145213X13756908698658 instituted society characterized by suffocating class boundaries and Reprints available directly crushing requirements around class/role conformity: geopolitical “sect from the publishers. Photocopying permitted wars” form part of the novel’s back-story and background. The narrator by license only. is known by her quasi-patronymic “given” name Offred (of Fred), which © Bloomsbury 2013. nominates

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Architecture and CultureTaylor & Francis

Published: Nov 1, 2013

Keywords: Margaret Atwood; The Handmaid’s Tale; discipline; technology; history; nature; writing

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