Eye to I, Tail to Tale: Atwood, Offred and the Politicized Classroom
AbstractThis essay suggests the effectiveness of using Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale as an experiential base from which to theorize about the definition of political action; about reading as a feminist, especially of an arguably feminist text; about the construction of "subject," both in fiction and in the politicized classroom of Women's Studies; about the mechanisms of control by means of extreme visibility (Foucault); about the philosophical theory of "conflictual conversation" (Young-Bruehl), both as personal resource and as political strategy. The short essay that follows (p. 104) demonstrates how the concept of "conflictual conversation" works to explain the experience of a Native girl in a Canadian residential school in the 1960s.
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