Atwood on Whether The Handmaid’s Tale is a Feminist Book: Critical Linking, April 26, 2017

Today’s Critical Linking is sponsored by Renegade’s Pride by B.J. Daniels.


I didn’t put anything into the book that has not happened sometime, somewhere. Or wasn’t happening then and isn’t happening now. So you can call that feminist, if you like. I didn’t start from ideology, I started from what I was collecting and seeing. But of course, I must have been instigated, must I not?

Margaret Atwood on whether The Handmaid’s Tale is a feminist book.


Robert M. Pirsig, who inspired generations to road trip across America with his “novelistic autobigraphy,” Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, died Monday at the age of 88.

More info here.


Rather than view the global novel through a Western lens, it is important to ask what allows certain books to be perceived as global in the first place. What are the mechanisms of selection and rejection, of publishing and publicity? How much does the emergence of an anglophone global elite, its tastes largely in accord with those of New York and London, have to do with this process?

On the rise of the “global novel” (also, who knew Updike was such a xenophobe?)

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