The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale

Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale
"In the world of the near future, who will control women's bodies? Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are only valued if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the days before, when she lived and made love with her husband Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now.... "  —The Publisher.

Short Fiction
Site Awards

Excerpts from The Handmaid's Tale
Extracts - The Borzoi Reader

Plot Synopses
Summary - Bloomsbury

Book Reviews
The New York Times Review, 1986
Time Magazine, 1986
Washington Monthly Review, 1986
Reviewer's Bookwatch, 2004
SF Site, 2002

Video Interviews of Margaret Atwood
Atwood, Religion, and The Handmaid's Tale, Part 1/3
Atwood, Religion, and The Handmaid's Tale, Part 2/3
Atwood, Religion, and The Handmaid's Tale, Part 3/3

Essays on The Handmaid's Tale
Sufi Mysticism in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale - Nancy Workman
Subject-Position as Victim-Position in The Handmaid's Tale - Jamie Dopp
Feminist Implications of Anti-leisure in Dystopian Fiction - M.J. Daniels and H.E. Bowen
The Politics of Language: A Device of Creativity and Power in The Handmaid's Tale - Gabriele Twohig
The Aunts as an Analysis of Feminine Power in The Handmaid's Tale - Tara J. Johnson
Moving Beyond 'The Blank White Spaces': Atwood's Gilead,
         Postmodernism, and Strategic Resistance - M. Caminero-Santangelo
Margaret Atwood's Testaments: Resisting the Gilead Within - Janet Karsten Lawson
Surviving Women: A Study of Margaret Atwood's Protagonists - Master's Thesis, Kelly S. Reese
Student EssayThe Handmaid's Tale: Questioning for Quality Thinking - Wafa Unus
Student EssayThe Other Side of Atwood - Laura Braza
Student EssayThe treatment of the female protagonists in Bodily Harm and The Handmaid's Tale - Justine

Study Guides and Miscellaneous Resources
Reader's Companion to Surfacing - Books@Random
Study Guide to Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid's Tale - Paul Brians
Teacher Resource, Lesson Plan: Biblical Influences in The Handmaid's Tale - Anja Breuer
Curriculum: Sexual Oppression and Religious Extremism in The Handmaid's Tale - Diana T. Otto
Study Questions: The Handmaid's Tale - Bob Barsanti
Notes on The Handmaid's Tale - Kate Liu
Notes on The Handmaid's Tale - Gisèle Baxter

Books treating of The Handmaid's Tale
Bartkowski, Frances, ed. Feminist Utopias.
         Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1989.
Bouson, J. Brooks. Brutal Choreographies: Oppositional Strategies and
         Narrative Design in the Novels of Margaret Atwood.
         Boston: University of Massachusetts Press, 1993.
Cooke, Nathalie. Margaret Atwood: A Critical Companion.
         Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2004.
Howells, Cora Ann, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Margaret Atwood.
         Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Mohr, Dunja M. Worlds Apart? Dualism and Transgression in Contemporary Feminist Dystopias.
         Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2005.
Wilson, Friedman, and Hengen, eds. Approaches to Teaching Atwood's
         The Handmaid's Tale and Other Works.
         Modern Language Association of America, 1996.

The Handmaid's Tale - The Movie (1990) - IMDB
For God and Gilead: The Handmaid's Tale, the Opera - Atwood for The Guardian, 2003
Photos of the Minnesota Opera production of The Handmaid's Tale
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Margaret Atwood has since gone on to become not just
a major Canadian Writer, and a woman writer (whom some would call a Feminist Writer),
but an award-winning author of English literature. Her works include novels,
short stories, poetry, etc.