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Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale
This guide provides an overview of the key critical debates and interpretations of the novel The Handmaid's Tale.
Cambridge Companion to Utopian Literature / edited by Gregory Claeys
Print Location: PN56 .U8 C36 2010
This companion presents an extensive historical survey of the development of the concept of utopia, referencing work's including The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.
Critical Insights: The Handmaid’s Tale
This volume includes essays about The Handmaid's Tale by a variety of critics, offering insignts into the cultural events out of which the novel grew; connections  to literary concepts such as feminism, dytopia, love; the novel's metaphysical elements; and other diverse literary topics.
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Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research.
Margaret Atwood’s Apocalypses
The book includes essays by a variety of Atwood scholars exploring the theme of apocalypse, including essays on The Handmaid's Tale.
Science, Gender and History: The Fantastic in Mary Shelley and Margaret Atwood
This book compares Mary Shelley and Margaret Atwood, from the perspectives of contemporary feminist, postcolonial and science studies.
The Political in Margaret Atwood's Fiction: the Writing on the Wall of the Tent
Print Location: PR9199.3 .A8 Z88 2012
This book explores the ways in which women and other groups resist the constraints placed on them by institutional oppression in several of Margaret Atwood's works, including The Handmaid's Tale.
Women's Issues in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale
Print Location: PR9199.3.A8 H3664 2012
This title looks at issues in the The Handmaid's Tale that relate to women, such as sexism, feminism, and religious fundamentalism.
Women's Utopian and Dystopian Fiction
This work explores the genres of utopian and dystopian fiction, including one section devoted to the works of Margaret Atwood.

Reference and Research

Characters in 20th Century Literature
Print Location: REF PN56.4 .H37 199F
Includes "descriptions of over 2,000 characters, drawn from 250 of the twentieth century's major novelists, dramatists, and short story writers," arranged in alphabetical order by the authors' names
Contemporary Authors
Print Location: REF 771 .C6
A multivolume series of contemporary author biographies. Margaret Atwood can be found in v. 49-52.
Contemporary Literary Criticism
Print Location: REF PN 771 .C59
CLC is a multivolume set of reference books that offer literary criticism on a range of contemorary authors.  CLC includes a set of previously published reviews, essays and other critical articles books, journals, literary magazines, interviews and websites. For information on The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, see volumes 44, 84, 135, 168, 193.
Critical Survey of Long Fiction
Print Location: REF PN3451 .C75 2010
Critical Survey of Long Fiction includes essays of authors of literary fiction  from the 10th century to the 21st century.  See volumes 1 and 10 for entries on Margaret Atwood.
Cyclopedia of Literary Characters
Print Location: REF PN44 .M3 2015
This multivolume set of books includes 3,500 works and more than 29,000 characters.  See volume 2 to study character development in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.
Literature of Propaganda
Print Location: REF PN51 .L5744
This multivolume set explores literary works that deal with propaganda. An article on The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood can be found in voume 3.
Print Location: REF PN44 .M33
This multivolume set includes plot stories and critical evaluations of the world's finest literature. Refer to volume 5 for information on The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.
Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism (TCLC)
Print Location: REF PN94 .T83
This multivolume set includes criticism of the works of contemporary novelists, poets, playwrights, short story writers and other creative writers. See volume 158, page 60 for an entry on Margaret Atwood.


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Multi-Search Tool
On the library homepage you have access to a multi-search research tool that searches a large number of databases with one search. Use search terms such as "Margaret Atwood" and/or "Handmaid's Tale" to find library materials that provide biographical information about Margaret Atwood, as well criticism and interpretation of her work.

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