Negotiating with the Dead

The author of The Handmaid's Tale discusses the writing life and the role of the writer in society, making reference to many other writers, alive and dead, to make her case.

Negotiating with the Dead

The author of The Handmaid's Tale discusses the writing life and the role of the writer in society, making reference to many other writers, alive and dead, to make her case.

Negotiating with the Dead

Jack the B. Oct/03.

Negotiating with the Dead

Jack the B. Oct/03.

The Cambridge Companion to Margaret Atwood

“Pay no attention to the facsimiles of the writer that appear on talkshows, in
newspaper interviews, and the like,” she ... Fittingly, then, in Negotiating with the
Dead, Atwood returns to her persistent concern with the writer as double, as split
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The Cambridge Companion to Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood's international celebrity has given a new visibility to Canadian literature in English. This Companion provides a comprehensive critical account of Atwood's writing across the wide range of genres within which she has worked for the past forty years, while paying attention to her Canadian cultural context and the multiple dimensions of her celebrity. The main concern is with Atwood the writer, but there is also Atwood the media star and public performer, cultural critic, environmentalist and human rights spokeswoman, social and political satirist, and mythmaker. This immensely varied profile is addressed in a series of chapters which cover biographical, textual, and contextual issues. The Introduction contains an analysis of dominant trends in Atwood criticism since the 1970s, while the essays by twelve leading international Atwood critics represent the wide range of different perspectives in current Atwood scholarship.

Margaret Atwood

Indeed, this is one theme that links the six Empson lectures (the most dominant
theme being an exploration of writing and its motivations), first delivered at the
University of Cambridge and later published as Negotiating with the Dead in
2002.

Margaret Atwood

Examines the works of the Canadian author, describing her characters, narrative and strategies, plot development, literary devices, settings, and major themes.

The Daughter s Way

In Negotiating with the Dead, Atwood notes that that the figure of the poet “can
bring the knowledge held by the Underworld back to the land of the living” (174),
and while this is indisputable concerning the literary-historical tour that Atwood ...

The Daughter   s Way

The Daughter’s Way investigates negotiations of female subjectivity in twentieth-century Canadian women’s elegies with a special emphasis on the father’s death as a literary and political watershed. The book examines the work of Dorothy Livesay, P.K. Page, Jay Macpherson, Margaret Atwood, Kristjana Gunnars, Lola Lemire Tostevin, Anne Carson, and Erin Mouré as elegiac daughteronomies—literary artifacts of mourning that grow from the poets’ investigation into the function and limitations of elegiac convention. Some poets treat the father as a metaphor for socio-political power, while others explore more personal iterations of loss, but all the poets in The Daughter’s Way seek to redefine daughterly duty in a contemporary context by challenging elegiac tradition through questions of genre and gender. Beginning with psychoanalytical theories of filiation, inheritance, and mourning as they are complicated by feminist challenges to theories of kinship and citizenship, The Daughter’s Way debates the efficacy of the literary “work of mourning” in twentieth-century Canadian poetry. By investigating the way a daughter’s filial piety performs and sometimes reconfigures such work, and situating melancholia as a creative force in women’s elegies, the book considers how elegies inquire into the rhetoric of mourning as it is complicated by father-daughter kinship.

Race of Time

Yet, decades later, the dead ones live on at a time when the teller must renew his
negotiations with the land of the Dead. His death, like all deaths, will come at
some time sooner or later to the present in which he remembers events that could
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Race of Time

Charles Lemert is one of the most renowned critics of social theory and theorists today. The editors of this book have offered and contextualised many of his best essays and situated them against the backdrop of American sociology. The breadth of Lemert's work doesn't stop at an academic engagement with theoretical debates such as 'globalisation' or 'postmodernism,' but cuts right to the heart of abiding social issues. His work is focused and continues to probe pressing questions such as the rise of vulnerabilities in an era of new capitalism. By weaving together personal narrative, research, lucid explanations, and a dynamic engagement with social theory of old and new, his unique prose renders accessible complex theoretical debates.

The Dead Kid Detective Agency

They form the Dead Kid Detective Agency, a group committed to solving Sticksville's most mysterious mysteries.

The Dead Kid Detective Agency

Thirteen-year-old October Schwartz is new in town; she spends her free time in the Sticksville Cemetery and it isn't long before she befriends the ghosts of five dead teenagers, each from a different era of the past. They form the Dead Kid Detective Agency, a group committed to solving Sticksville's most mysterious mysteries.

Margaret Atwood

Winner of the Margaret Atwood Society Best Book in 1997, this is the essential guide to one of the world's most successful contemporary authors.

Margaret Atwood

This introduction covers Atwood's work from the end of the 1960s to the present, drawing out her recurring themes of Canadian identity and the wilderness, the representation of women and female bodies, and history and its narration. Winner of the Margaret Atwood Society Best Book in 1997, the second edition is thoroughly revised and updated. It includes new chapters covering Atwood's recent novels Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin, and Oryx and Crake, and her 2002 book on writing Negotiating with the Dead.

Romantic Revisions in Novels from the Americas

In her 2002 book on writing, Negotiating with the Dead, Atwood claims that "we
are all living in the shadow cast by the Romantic movement, or in the fragments
of that shadow" (xxvi). Negotiating with the Dead deals more extensively with the
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Romantic Revisions in Novels from the Americas

Returning to British Romantic poetry allows the novels to extend the Romantic poetics of landscape that traditionally considered the British subject's relation to place. By recasting Romantic poetics in the Americas, these novels show how negotiations of identity and power are defined by the legacies of British imperialism, illustrating that these nations, their peoples, and their works of art are truly postcolonial. While many postcolonial scholars and critics have dismissed the idea that Romantic poetry can be used to critique colonialism, Maxwell suggests that, on the contrary, it has provided contemporary writers across the Americas with a means of charting the literary and cultural legacies of British imperialism in the New World. The poems of the British Romantics offer postcolonial writers particularly rich material, Maxwell argues, because they characterize British influence at the height of the British empire.

Ali Smith

Like the voices that rise from Hotel World, these inscriptions tell a story that can
disturb as well as fascinate, and their ... in Ali Smith's writers' pantheon, puts
forward a similar idea in her series of lectures, Negotiating with the Dead (2003).

Ali Smith

In such novels as Hotel World and the Whitbread Prize winning The Accidental, Ali Smith has established herself as one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary fiction. Covering her complete oeuvre, from the short stories to her most recent novel There but for the, this is the first comprehensive critical guide to Smith's work. Bringing together leading scholars, Ali Smith: Contemporary Critical Perspectives covers such topics as: ? Language, truth and reality ? Spectral presences and the uncanny ? Gender and sexuality ? Cosmopolitanism ? Smith's place in the contemporary canon Including a new interview with the author, a chronology of her life and authoritative guides to further reading, this is an essential guide for anyone interested in the best of contemporary fiction.