Atwood, Margaret. “The Handmaid’s Tale and Oryx and Crake
in Context.” PMLA:
Written by Margaret Atwood, this article supplies readers with information on information about the writing of and context behind her novels The Handmaid’s Tale and Oryx and Crake. Beginning with the genre of her writing, Atwood explains her definition of speculative fiction, as well as how it differs from science fiction. She then describes how she developed her feel from the genre, including her own history. The kinds of narratives she discusses are defined and listed before Atwood begins discussing her own novels. These, too, are placed in genres, and the differences and similarities between the novels are listed. This article is very informative if researching the backgrounds of the novels.
Barr, Marleen. “Textism-An Emancipation Proclamation.” Publications
of the Modern
Bouson, Brooks. “It’s Gave Over Forever: Atwood’s
Satiric Vision of a Bioengineered
Dimarco, Danette. "Paradice Lost, Paradise Regained: Homo Faber
and the Makings of a New Beginning in Oryx and Crake." Papers on
Language and Literature: a Journal for Scholars and Critics of Language
and Literature 41 (2005): 170-195.
Dobson, Andrew. “Genetic Engineering: Pigoons and ChickieNobs
on the Other Side of
Dunning, Stephen. "Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake: the Terror
of the Theraputic." Canadian Literature (2005): 86-101.
Griffiths, Anthony. “Genetics According to Oryx and Crake.” Canadian
Hayward, Peter. “Oryx and Crake” Lancet Neurology 2 (2003): 580.
Howells, Coral Ann. “Bad News.” Canadian Literature 183 (2004): 92-93.
Howells, Coral Ann. "Margaret Atwood's Dystopian Visions: The Handmaid's Tale and Oryx and Crake." The Cambridge Companion to Margaret Atwood. Ed. Coral Ann Howells. Cambridge Companions to Literature. Cambridge, UK ; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006. 161-75.
Ingersoll, Earl G. “Survival in Margaret Atwood’s Novel
Oryx and Crake.” A Journal of
This article is basically a rough summary of the novel. It begins with the debate over whether the author is the real authority of his/her work once it is published. Luckily, Ingersoll believes that Margaret Atwood is a wonderful source on her own writing. Therefore, he continually relies on her (statements) throughout the essay. He discusses the location of Oryx and Crake, saying that he believed that it would have taken place somewhere in the American southwest. He discusses her inspiration for writing the novel, including the society of Australia and the aftermath of 9/11. He says that Atwood seems to be interested in the types of biological warfare that might occur in our future. He also compares the compounds in the book to Atwood’s experience in Toronto when they closed the city during the SARS crisis.
Squier, Susan M.. “A Tale Meant to Inform, Not to Amuse.” Science
Susan M. Squier discusses the dystopian society in the novel Oryx and Crake and how the schools that educate the characters help to promote this type of society. Martha Graham and Waston-Crick are compared on a social-class level within this text as well. Oryx’s role in the novel is analyzed as well as Jimmy and Crake’s. Squier talks about how in Atwood’s novel, science is about control and art is about decorating science. She makes it obvious that the education system in Oryx and Crake produces nothing but ignorance to the world that the characters are living in.
Tiedemann, Mark W. "Inclusions." New York Review of Science Fiction (2003): 4-6.
Warkentin, Traci. "Dis/Integrating Animals: Ethical Dimensions of the Genetic Engineering of Animals for Human Consumption." AI & Society 20 (2006): 82-102.
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