October Update

This update will be brief, as I am currently working on the first chapter of my thesis! The draft is due November 2nd, and I’m nervous but also really excited. My thesis has evolved a lot since I last posted. What I realized as I started researching and writing in earnest was that I had set…
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September Update

After presenting at the Summer Research Showcase two weeks ago and beginning to actually write the first chapter of my thesis, I’m excited to say that my project is in full swing. At the showcase, I was pleasantly surprised to find a lot of people who I didn’t know interested in learning about my research.…
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Margaret Atwood Has Very Spidery Handwriting, and Other Lessons Learned from Archival Research

After traveling to Toronto and Cambridge to visit archival libraries, I learned the hard way that the archives are not always helpful or relevant to your project, even if they appear to be so in their online descriptions and finding aids. And in a surprising and lucky turn of events, the unhelpfulness of some of…
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July Research & Travel Update – Women’s Solidarity in Contemporary Fiction

Tomorrow, I leave to travel first to the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library in Toronto, Ontario, and then to the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America in Cambridge, MA. In Toronto I’ll be exploring Margaret Atwood’s papers, looking into the context of her thoughts while writing The Handmaid’s Tale.…
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Women’s Solidarity in the TV Adaptation of “The Handmaid’s Tale”

The recent Hulu adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s famous novel stays mostly true to its source material, something I was grateful for. But where it departs from the novel is where it is perhaps most helpful to my research about depictions of women’s solidarity. In the TV series, solidarity amongst the handmaids is explicitly realized in…
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