Keeping Secrets, Telling Lies: Fictions of the Artist and Author in the Novels of Margaret Atwood

  • Ellen McWilliams University of Bristol
Keywords: Atwood, Margaret, Women artists in literature, Canadian women authors


This article explores how Margaret Atwood's novels, in particular Cat's Eye and The Blind Assasin, engage with the generic paradigms of the Bildungsroman and Künstlerroman, and, in doing so, respond to what Atwood describes as "the paradoxes and dilemmas" traditionally encountered by the female artist and author.

Author Biography

Ellen McWilliams, University of Bristol
Ellen McWilliams, University of Bristol, UK, has research interests in women's writing and Canadian and Irish literature and a book on Margaret Atwood and the Female Bildungsroman forthcoming in 2008.