Margaret Atwood Project

‘This above all, to refuse to be a victim’

Surfacing by Margaret Atwood, 1979, pg.249

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Atwood has written some of the most memorable novels I have ever read. I first discovered her to be a female dystopian fiction writer in The Handmaid’s Tale, but I have since realised that she covers a wide range of topics from the Canadian wilderness and fear of invasion in Surfacing, to genetic engineering in Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood.

At the time of composing this page I am currently reading Oryx and Crake in preparation to go and see Atwood give a talk about the final part of her ‘speculative fiction’ trilogy at the Southbank Centre, London. It is fair to say I am pretty excited as I have never been to see an internationally famous writer give a talk before! (You can read about my experience here).

I have decided, for this Atwood challenge, just to stick to her fiction and non-fiction works. I may venture out into her poetry at a later date (but  I have never really been into poetry that much, unfortunately).

Fiction

Non-Fiction

  • Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature (1972)
  • Days of the Rebels 1815-1840 (1977)
  • Second Words (1982)
  • Strange Things: The Malevolent North in Canadian Literature (1996)
  • Two Solicitudes: Conversations [with Victor-Levy Beaulieu] (1998)
  • Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing (2002)
  • Curious Pursuits: Occasional Writing (2005)

Poetry

  • Double Persephone (1961)
  • The Circle Game (1966)
  • The Animals in That Country (1968)
  • The Journals of Susanna Moodie (1970)
  • Procedures for Underground (1970)
  • Power Politics (1971)
  • You Are Happy (1974)
  • Selected Poems (1976)
  • Two-Headed Poems (1978)
  • True Stories (1981)
  • Interlunar (1984)
  • Selected Poems II: Poems Selected and New 1976-1986 (1986)
  • Morning in the Burned House (1995)
  • Eating Fire: Selected Poetry 1965-1995 (1996)
  • The Door (2007)

Note: The titles in bold are books I have already read but I am planning to re-read them and post blogs on every single piece of work in this collection.

12 Replies to “Margaret Atwood Project”

  1. Jealous that you’re going to see Atwood. She’s coming here (Edmonton) later this year but I don’t know if it’s about the book or not. Apparently she and Alanis Morrisette are speaking about… something? 🙂 I’ve just read O&C and Year of the Flood and eagerly awaiting Maddaddam!

    1. Oh wow that sounds interesting, I love Alanis Morrisette! Are you going to that talk? I have just started the Year of the Flood, I’m hoping to finish it by the time I see Atwood but Maddaddam doesn’t come out in the UK til the 29th, which is after her talk, so I hope she doesn’t give away too much of the plot!

      1. Yes, I hope to. Have to find a date first. My husband would just laugh at me…

        Interested to hear your thoughts on Year of the Flood. I’m doing a read-along for O&C right now, but I went ahead and finished Year of the Flood too because I was obsessed! Too bad you have to wait for Maddaddam.

  2. I’ve been wanting to do this with Joyce Carol Oates. I think it would take me 2 years though. She’s written lots of books and heavy in content. I think it could be a neat idea for me to choose a few. I’d like to do the same concerning Russian Literature. I really need to read the greats.

  3. I just finished MaddAddam — still thinking about it! I would so love to see Atwood. She wrote one of my favorite poems, Variation on the Word Sleep — in case you get to her poetry. My husband read it at our wedding. She’s amazing.

    1. She is so interesting and funny. I was in awe of her. I am hoping she gets shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction as I have tickets to see the shortlisted authors give readings at the Southbank Centre in June! I read Alias Grace years ago so really need to reread it.

  4. I LOVE that you’re doing the Atwood Project! I really need to do this as well as there are some major holes in my Atwood reading (plus I have a bunch on my shelf).

    Also, I have to thank you for listing me on your site! Someone visited my site from here today and I didn’t recognize the URL. So thanks!

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