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Critical Essay by Lois Feuer

SOURCE: “The Calculus of Love and Nightmare: The Handmaid's Tale and the Dystopian Tradition,” in Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, Vol. 38, No. 2, Winter, 1997, pp. 83-95.

In the following essay, Feuer discusses gender, essentialism, and ambiguity in The Handmaid's Tale, noting parallels with George Orwell's 1984. According to Feuer, Atwood's ironic presentation of a totalitarian “woman's culture” reflects schisms in contemporary feminist theory.

Reviewers of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale invariably hailed it as a “feminist 1984,” and, like many handy tags, this one conceals a partial truth. A closer look, however, reveals not only the similarities between the two novels’ totalitarian societies, but the ways in which Atwood's work goes beyond Orwell's, in...

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