"Not Even a Hospital": Abortion and Identity Tension in Margaret Atwood's <em>Surfacing</em>

  • Cindy Gault
Keywords: Femininity in literature, French women authors, Women in literature


This article challenges established understandings of Margaret Atwood's Surfacing as a portrait of parallel female and national victimization by focusing on recent theorization of the inherently fraught relationship between national and gendered identities. It addresses the conflicted relationship between national purpose and female autonomy.

Author Biography

Cindy Gault
Cindy Gault, University of Guelph, researches Canadian women writers who came to publishing prominence during the Canadian nationalist and second-wave feminist movements. Recent work compares the representation of maternity and language in the work of Alice Munro and William Faulkner.