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Margaret Atwood : the feminist subject and the subversion of identity in The Edible Woman (1969) and Lady Oracle (1976)

Responsible Faculty: Faculty of Arts

Teacher(s): ValÚrie Cossy
Lecturer(s): -

Validity: 2012 -> 2012

No timetable defined.


Spring semester
2 hours per week
28 hours per semester

Teaching language(s): English
Public: Yes
Credits: 0


This seminar focuses on two novels by Margaret Atwood. The Edible Woman (1969) and Lady Oracle (1976) enable us to consider the place and (self-)construction of the female subject in the second half of the twentieth century. The Edible Woman is a novel in part derived from Beauvoir and from the years of the "Women's Lib", raising in its own way the issue of how one "becomes" a woman. Then, through our reading of Lady Oracle, we are invited to inscribe Beauvoir's feminist project within an even more unstable or "postmodern" context, in which "reality" and "the subject" become more difficult to identify through a novelistic process of permanent destabilization.




Margaret Atwood, The Edible Woman, London, Virago.

Margaret Atwood, Lady Oracle, London, Virago.

Books are now available from Basta.

Relevant articles will be distributed in class and posted on MyUnil.

Additional information


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