Margaret Atwood: The Open Eye (Reappraisals: Canadian Writers #30) (Paperback)

Margaret Atwood: The Open Eye (Reappraisals: Canadian Writers #30) By John Moss (Editor), Tobi Kozakewich (Editor) Cover Image
By John Moss (Editor), Tobi Kozakewich (Editor)
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This is book number 30 in the Reappraisals: Canadian Writers series.


Margaret Atwood enjoys a unique prominence in Canadian letters. With over thirty books to her credit, in genres ranging from children's writing to dystopic novels, she is as creatively diverse as she is internationally acclaimed. Her success, however, has been double-edged: the very popularity that makes her such a prominent figure in the literary world also renders her vulnerable to claims of being a "sell-out," as she relates in her Empson lectures.

The Open Eye negotiates the space between these positions, acknowledging Atwood's remarkable achievement while considering how it impacts on national politics and identity.

The range of perspectives in this volume is stimulating and enlightening. The Open Eye begins with a focus on Atwood as she presents herself and is presented in Canada and abroad, and then proceeds to consider, more broadly, the intersection of life and literature that Atwood's works and persona effect. It offers fresh insight into Atwood's early writing, redresses the critical void regarding her poetry and shorter prose pieces, and provides a critical base from which readers can assess Atwood's most recent novels. A common thread throughout these essays is the recognition of Atwood's importance in the literary realm in general, and in Canadian literature more particularly.

Published in English.

About the Author

John Errington Moss (born February 7, 1940) is a Canadian author. Notable for the Quin and Morgan novels that he began after teaching for many years at the University of Ottawa, he has lectured on Canadian literature in Europe, the United States, Japan, Greenland, and the Canary Islands. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780776606132
ISBN-10: 0776606131
Publisher: University of Ottawa Press
Publication Date: October 28th, 2006
Pages: 492
Language: English
Series: Reappraisals: Canadian Writers