Ecosophical Vision and Self-Realization in Margaret Atwood’s Prose


D'Cunha, Sr. Candy, Associate Professor of English, Andhra Loyola Institute of Engineering and Technology (India)


Author of Keys of Life; Editor of English Language and Literature in the Era of Globalization

Margaret Atwood is arguably the most renowned and internationally acclaimed Canadian writer, poet, novelist, short story writer, literary critic, and environmental activist. In this incisive interpretation of Atwood’s prose, Candy D’Cunha argues that the novelist’s ecosophical vision provides valuable lessons that could help in creating a greater and more responsible awareness in the modern psyche about the environment.

By exploring the works of Atwood, one can understand the need for a deeper rethinking and a clearer re-orientation in this area. Select novels, namely Surfacing (1972), The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), Oryx and Crake (2003), The Year of the Flood (2009), and MaddAddam (2013), bring out the principles of ecological philosophy by describing various aspects of the current ecological crisis. Duplicity in the norms and recognition, the degradation of the environment, consequent tragic dilemmas, and the general ghastliness of life are all found in Atwood’s oeuvre.

A number of studies have been made on the thematic works of Atwood, such as feminism, quest for identity, power and politics, dystopian and utopian elements, but this book is the first ecosophical exploration of Atwood’s themes and concerns. This volume enables readers to propagate the requisite ecological wisdom for self-realization for the harmonious and just development of society. Interpreting Atwood’s works from an Indian perspective also helps to promote Indian ecological justice.

Literature, American Literature, Canadian Literature, World Literature, Intercultural Studies, Transnational American Studies, Ecology, Conservation, Environmental Studies, Developing World, India, Ecofeminism, Literature and Nature, Naturalism
Release Date: 
September 1, 2019
978-1680531824 Hardcover
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