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ENGS12 - Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale: Novel, Sources, Adaptations

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ENG

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S12

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Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale: Novel, Sources, Adaptations

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"Right now, I'm halfway through Hard Times." So Offred says of her illegal reading in Margaret Atwood's dystopian novel The Handmaid's Tale. In this course, students read Atwood's novel and examine its biblical and literary sources as well as its adaptations, considering the political and literary significance of the work. Readings include selections from Chaucer, novels by nineteenth-century novelists Mary Hays and Charles Dickens, as well as twentieth-century dystopian fiction. Students compare Atwood's novel to a number of film adaptations, including the television series. Recommended background: one 100-level English course.