Jun
23

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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Jun
01

Recurring concepts in novels about women’s solidarity

As I finish up my final term studying abroad at Oxford, questions and concepts that arose during my tutorials here are serving as important starting points for my research. I had the opportunity to create my tutorials this term, and I asked for one on “Female Friendships in Late 20th-century Literature,” thinking ahead to my…
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Apr
14

Introduction to Fighting Against the Backlash: Women’s Solidarity in Contemporary Fiction

For my thesis, I will study how contemporary women’s fiction – namely The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – presents women’s solidarity as a response and possible solution to “backlash” against women. “Backlash” refers to the anti-women policies and rhetoric of ’80s America that still may be in play today. According to…
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