english literature resources the handmaids tale

Onyett, N. (2023) ‘Painting the lion: female characters and their stories’, English Review, 33 (4), pp.2-5.
Nicola Onyett compares three texts across time in which female characters make us think about whose stories are shared, and whose are suppressed. This includes a dicussion about The Handmaid’s Tale.

Mellor, C. (2022) ‘Dystopian realities: The Handmaid’s Tale and Oryx and Crake’, English Review, 33 (1), pp.8-11.
Clare Mellor explores the connections between two of Atwood’s dystopias and how we read them in today’s Covid world. Look out for the practice exam question in this article.

Baty, K. (2020) ‘Under his eye: seeing and surveillance in The Handmaid’s Tale’, Emagazine, 87, pp.30-33.
Sight, seeing and being seen are at the heart of this novel, in which ‘eyes’ are everywhere and what you do is constantly observed. Kate Baty explores the importance of this idea in the whole texture of the novel, from the plot and themes to the language and symbolism.

Onyett, N. (2020) ‘Foiled again: Moira and Janine in The Handmaid’s Tale’, English Review, 30 (4), pp.6-9.
Nicola Onyett compares two very different characters from Margaret Atwood’s dystopian classic, who reveal much about the treatment of women in the Republic of Gilead and shed light on the behaviour and attitudes of the text’s protagonist.

Onyett, N. (2020) ‘The state we’re in: The Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments’, English Review, 31 (2), pp.22-25.
Nicola Onyett looks through text, intertext and context at how Margaret Atwood’s Gileaden universe has expanded since the publication of The Handmaid’s Tale.

Onyett, N. (2019) ‘Insights: the first Offred’, English Review, 29 (3), p.15.
Nicola Onyett offers insights into the significance of a minor character in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale‘.

Simons, J. (2017) ‘Power and protest: Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner’, Emagazine, 77, pp.65-67.
Professor Judy Simons explores two novels that appear in AQA B’s Social Protest component. She compares the ways in which they tackle questions of power, injustice and control, and ways of resisting.

Onyett, N. (2017) ‘Agony aunt: Aunt Lydia in The Handmaid’s Tale, English Review, 28 (1), pp.30-34.
 Nicola Onyett explores the genesis and motivations of Aunt Lydia to illuminate her role in Margaret Atwood’s dystopian world.

Onyett, N. (2016) ‘A study in scarlet’, English Review, 26 (3), pp.10-13.
Nicola Onyett considers clothing and identity in Margaret Atwood’s novel.

(2015) ‘Texts in context: The Handmaid’s Tale’, English Review, 26 (2), pp.20-21.