THE MARGARET ATWOOD EFFECT

by John Bessai Margaret Atwood created a  theory about Canadian Literature.  She argues that victimhood is the signature of Canadian culture. For Atwood, one idea implicit in her 1972 publication was that Canadian literature itself needed to survive and, as we know, it certainly did.  Many Canadians, until then, were unaware that there was a fascinating and enlightening discussion to be had about the literature of this country. Perhaps the survival of our literature will lead to the survival of more than Canada and maybe the whole world. A people’s poet, a master of description and a subscriber to...

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