Margaret Atwood is a world-renowned writer who has always identified herself specifically as a Canadian writer, even at a time when it was argued (even within Canada) that Canadian literature didn't exist. Her identity as a Canadian is very important to her but, over the course of her career, her work reveals a progression to a more global viewpoint. Atwood's earlier work invites an examination primarily of internal borders (between Canadian provinces, between urban and natural spaces and in the psychic spaces of her characters) where her later work more obviously offers opportunities to examine intersections of transnational spaces.
This proposed collection would examine Atwood's use of borders, both literal and figurative, and the intersections of language, culture and peoples that result from crossing those borders. Atwood's most recognized works, especially recently, are The Handmaid's Tale and the Maddaddam trilogy. Abstracts are welcome on any of her work but the goal would be to look at more than just her most famous novels and do some comparative analysis. In fact, Atwood writes in many genres and her borders between those genres are not always absolute. This project is open to various interpretations of borders.
Louisa MacKay Demerjian