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By J. Brooks Bouson

Brutal Choreographies investigates the novels of Margaret Atwood, targeting their mental and political matters. Drawing on contemporary feminist and psychoanalytic conception, J. Brooks Bouson examines Atwood's habitual self, kin, and romantic dramas, her novelistic subversion of romantic love ideology, and her critique of gender and tool politics. Bouson additionally considers the oppositional thoughts utilized in Atwood's novels: their punitive plotting and enactments of lady revenge fantasies, their dialogic resistance to romantic discourse, and their self-conscious manipulation and sabotage of romance and different conventional plot strains and conventions.

From the protofeminism of The fit for human consumption Woman, the cultural feminism of Surfacing, and the exam of the perils of Gothic pondering in Lady Oracle to the household and sexual war of Life ahead of Man, the anti-feminist backlash terrors of Bodily Harm and The Handmaid's Tale, and the facility politics of girl relationships in Cat's Eye, Atwood's women-centered fiction has robust oppositional charm. simply because Atwood doesn't shun what she calls the "story of the catastrophe that's the world," her stories are usually brutal, portraying lady victimization by the hands of the husband or male lover, the mummy, or the feminine pal. but when the Atwood novel has the ability to disturb, compel, and now and then brutalize its reader, it's also conscientiously choreographed, utilizing shape and layout to comprise and keep watch over the feminine fears, anxieties, and anger that force the narrative.

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