Reading Atwood in the Age of Trump: Power, Women, and a Sexualized Discourse in Two American Narratives

Anna Maria Jarosz, Bruno Jeremy Flörke, Henry Chase Richards & Rachel Tatum

Studenteropgave: Bachelorprojekt


This paper explores Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and the novel’s recent surge in popularity in light of the current events in American politics. We focus in particular on the novel’s disconcerting depiction of a reality in which women are reduced to being organic incubators. To add depth to our inquiry we shall draw on Michel Foucault’s The History of Sexuality and his conceptualization of modalities of power governing the female body. In part because of his highly controversial rhetoric President Donald Trump has quickly become one of the most polarizing political figures in recent history, which presents a unique opportunity to shed light on discursive practices used to gain and consolidate political power. We explore the ways in which discursive practices effectively subjugate women or utilize them for political leverage, for example, by way of victimization, religious ideology and removal of reproductive agency both in the fictional and nonfictional contexts.

UddannelserBasis - International Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Bachelor
Antal sider41
VejledereIda Klitgård