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Watching women, falling women: Power and dialogue in three novels by Margaret Atwood
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Modern Languages.
2003 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]


This study examines the three novels

Cat s Eye, The Robber Bride, and Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood. It focuses on the female characters and their relationships to each other: Their friendships are formed in a patriarchally structured environment and are therefore arenas for defending and controlling the norms of such a structure. The women continually watch each other and themselves, and through the power exercise of watching, femininity is constructed. Atwood describes acts of dialogic storytelling as a means to find options to gendered behavior.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå universitet , 2003. , 190 p.
Skrifter från moderna språk, ISSN 1650-304X ; 7
Keyword [en]
Atwood, cyborg, dialogics, dualism, falling, femininity, feminism, friendship, gender studies, literature analysis, mobility, place, power, storytelling, watching, water, women
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-12676ISBN: 91-7305-397-XOAI: diva2:152347
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2003-03-29, Humanisthuset, Hörsal F, Umeå Universitet, Umeå, 10:15
Available from: 2007-04-16 Created: 2007-04-16 Last updated: 2013-02-11Bibliographically approved

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