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Margaret Atwood’s Literary Exploration of Environmental Issues

Professor Ayako Sato, Tokumei Professor, Meiji Gakuin University

Date & Time: Tuesday, December 19th, 2017, 1:10 – 2:40 PM

Place: Chukyo University, Yagoto Campus, Building 5, 2nd Floor, Room 523

Open to the General Public, Free of Charge

Lecture Summary:

Many of today’s readers have turned to Canada’s much-celebrated author Margaret Atwood with questions about the future of our species. What hope is there for us and for the earth we inhabit? Will the biosphere continue to support us, providing the food and water that we consume and the air we breathe? Margaret Atwood is a writer whose work is sensitive to the issues and ethos of our times. From feminist novels, historical novels, psychological novels, Atwood has made a remarkable artistic turn in the 21st century toward an interest in the environment, a shift that can be seen in her MaddAddam Trilogy, comprised of Oryx and Crake (2003), The Year of the Flood (2009) and MaddAddam (2013). All set in the near future, these works manifest a sharp awareness of the environmental dangers confronting humanity. In order to explore the theme of the environment in Atwood’s work, this lecture will focus on the MaddAddam trilogy while also touching on her most recent work, her first foray into the graphic novel with the three-part Angel Catbird series.

Professor Ayako Sato is Tokumei Professor at Meiji Gakuin University, president of the Canadian Literary Society of Japan and Executive Director of Japan P.E.N. She has published many articles on Canadian literature and film, and translated Canadian fiction and dramas, including Margaret Atwood’s fiction and non-fiction.