- xi, 233 p. ; 22 cm.
- Contents: Introduction -- The quest for identity: Survival: a thematic guide to Canadian literature (1972), Surfacing (1972) -- Constraining the feminine: The edible woman (1969), Lady Oracle (1976) -- Explorations, bones and murders: the short stories (1977-95); early short stories (1977); Dancing girls (1977); True stories (1981); Murder in the dark (1983); Bluebeard's egg (1983); Wilderness tips (1991); Good bones (1992); Bones and murder (1995) -- Violence, trauma and history: Life before man (1979), Bodily harm (1981) -- The oppressive future: The handmaid's tale (1985) -- Feminist Gothic: Cat's eye (1988), The robber bride (1993) -- No nearer the truth: versions of fictionalising: Alias Grace (1996) -- Rewriting history and myth: The blind assassin (2000), The Penelopiad (2005) -- Writers, readers, constructions of the real and the future: Oryx and Crake (2003) -- Re-telling old tales: Moral disorder (2006), The tent (2006) -- The end of the world? The year of the flood (2009) -- Conclusion.Includes bibliographical references (p. 222-229) and index.Summary: Recognized as a feminist author, and the greatest living Canadian writer engaged with issues of gendered and national identity, Margaret Atwood also problematises both of these labels and trends in her work. This Guide will cover Atwood's entire fictional oeuvre and will engage fully with each of the debates developed by the various key critics of her work, interweaving these with sustained critical commentary and guiding readers through the key critical issues and approaches to reading Atwood's fiction. Including detailed coverage of Atwood's most widely-studied novels - The Handmaid's Tale, Alias Grace and The Blind Assassin - Gina Wisker provides both an original contribution and an essential guide to criticism on the work of this internationally renowned writer. -- Product Description.