Critical Insights: The Handmaids Tale | Richland Library Skip to content

Critical Insights: The Handmaids Tale

A great starting point for students or casual readers looking for a introduction to the themes and discussions on Margaret Atwood's novel, The Handmaid's Tale.

Written in the midst of the anti-feminist backlash and the culture wars of the 1980s, readers recognized it as a timely and chilling dystopian novel depicting a future in which the American government has been overthrown by religious fundamentalists who have, in turn, erected a patriarchal theocracy. Though Atwood had doubts about the novel when she was writing it, and though both conservative and liberal critics have found fault with it, the years followingThe Handmaid's Tale's publication have been rich with critical discussion.

Start Now