Margaret Atwood Revisited

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Author: W.S. Hampl
Date: Fall 1999
From: Studies in Short Fiction(Vol. 36, Issue 4)
Publisher: Studies in Short Fiction
Document Type: Book review
Length: 709 words

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by Karen F. Stein. Twayne's World Authors Series. New York: Twayne, 1999. xx + 176 pages. $35.

One of the final entries in the Twayne authors' series, Karen F. Stein's thoroughly researched Margaret Atwood Revisited proves to be an engaging and inviting text. Stein considers Atwood's nine novels in groups of threes, thereby highlighting the interconnecting themes (such as the trickster, woman-as-storyteller, woman-as-commodity, eating and cannibalism) within these works. Although readers are probably more familiar with Atwood as a novelist, Stein notes that Atwood's early Canadian fame came as a poet. She devotes two entire chapters to Atwood's poetry, again noting common themes and how one may read the poetry and the other texts against each other. Additionally, Stein addresses Atwood as a non-fiction writer, a prolific short fiction writer with five collections, and an author of four children's books.

Stein demonstrates many strengths; one that immediately strikes the reader is her ability to historicize Atwood's texts, from the first poetry collection, Double Persephone (1961) through her recent novel, Alias Grace (1996). For instance, Stein notes the...

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