The Margaret Atwood Society is an international association of scholars, teachers, and students who share an interest in Atwood’s work. The main goal of the Society is to promote scholarly exchange of Atwood’s works and cultural contributions by providing opportunities for scholars to exchange information. To let us know about current Atwood-scholarship-related news or events, please email us the appropriate information. We will include your news on this site and/or our Facebook page and Twitter feed. We welcome your friendship and comments on Facebook and Twitter, whether or not you join the Society.
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Note: For contact information for Margaret Atwood, see the contact listings on her official website. (You might also have luck @ replying her on Twitter). We do not forward messages or materials to Ms. Atwood.
Margaret Atwood has won the PEN Pinter Free-Speech prize for her work championing environmental causes.The award was established in 2009 in honor of Harold Pinter.
MLA 2017 will be in Philadelphia in January. The Margaret Atwood Society is proposing two panels–one in conjunction with The Doris Lessing Society.
Panel One: “Humor and/as social critique in Margaret Atwood’s novels, short stories and poetry.” 250-300 word abstract by 17 March 2016 to Eleonora Rao (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Panel Two: “Boundaries of Life: Ageism and Aging in Works by Margaret Atwood and Doris Lessing.” This session, co-sponsored by the Margaret Atwood Society and the Doris Lessing Society, is inspired by the 2017 Presidential Theme, “Boundary Conditions.” By focusing on ageism and aging in the works of Atwood and Lessing, two of the twentieth century’s most prolific and influential women writers, this panel aims to explore the ways these writers depict the passing of time in relation to life experiences and self-consciousness. Some questions papers might answer include: What does it mean to come of age? How do age and the aging process affect how we see ourselves? When and how does one become old? How does age discrimination shape societies and individuals? In addition to examining individual works, papers may also look at the authors’ careers more broadly and discuss how their treatment of aging as a theme has changed as they themselves aged. Send abstracts to Lauren Rule Maxwell (email@example.com) by March 15.
Congratulations to the 2015 winners!
- Best Undergraduate Essay: Ariel McLean for “The Woman and her Heart or the Woman and A Heart?”
- Best Graduate Essay: Alex Tammaro for “Frog in a Jar: Amphibianism in Surfacing.“
- Best Article: Jennifer Murray for “For the Love of a Fish: A Lacanian Reading of Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing,“ Literature Interpretation Theory 26:1 (2015): 1-21
- Best Edited Collection: Karma Waltonen, ed. Margaret Atwood’s Apocalypses (Cambridge Scholars Publishing)
- Best Book: Reingard M. Nischik for Comparative North American Studies: Transnational Approaches to American and Canadian Literature and Culture (New York: Palgrave Macmillan)
Happy New Year!
Atwood Society dues have been lowered to $15 for members, regardless of nationality.
Paying dues gives you access to Margaret Atwood Studies, our journal–a new edition just came out!
Finally, if you’re heading to Austin for MLA, make sure you attend the MAS panel and the MAS meeting right after. Information can be found at http://atwoodsociety.org/conference-panels/.
Margaret Atwood will write three ‘Angel Catbird’ graphic novels for Dark Horse Comics to launch in 2016.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
Catbird — so called because he’s part man, part owl and part cat as the result of “some spilled genetic Super-Splicer,” according to Atwood — will be the star of three graphic novels written by the Canadian novelist and poet and illustrated by Shattered and Firebug‘s Johnnie Christmas, with the series being produced in conjunction with Nature Canada’s Keep Cats Safe and Save Bird Lives initiative.
We are finishing the transition to an electronic journal. Thus, we believe it is time to lower the dues, as production costs will soon be lower.
The executive committee has proposed annual dues of $15 for all individual members. If approved, the new dues would take effect on 1/1/16.
A link to the vote has been sent out to our email list. If you are a member of the society, but did not receive a link to the vote, email Karma at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Margaret Atwood Society Awards are named each year; nominations are invited in all categories and should be sent directly to the appropriate judge (see below).
Entries for the 2015 Awards are due by December 1st, 2015. Winners will be notified in early January. (Emailed entries should be in .docx or .pdf.)
- Best Undergraduate Essay: Mairin Barney, email@example.com
- Best Graduate Student Essay (or chapter): Lauren Rule Maxwell, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Best Article: Dunja Mohr, email@example.com
- Best Edited Collection: Sarah Petrovic, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, 2201 Silver Lake Rd, Bartlesville, OK, 74006
- Best Book: Karma Waltonen, UWP (Voorhies Hall), UC Davis, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA, 95616