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Revolution, Evolution and Endurance in Anglophone Literature and Culture

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Edited By Małgorzata Martynuska and Elżbieta Rokosz-Piejko

The essays collected in this book examine different aspects of change in literature and culture of the Anglophone world. The contributors analyse literary theory as well as individual literary works ranging from John Dryden’s poetry, through the 18th-century English novel, to the 20th-century drama and prose. The contributions also focus on visual arts and film, the socio-political context, and concern various aspects of British and American history, culture and economy.

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Women, Men and the Hope of Pregnancy/Motherhood in Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam (Sławomir Kuźnicki)

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Sławomir Kuźnicki

Women, Men and the Hope of Pregnancy/Motherhood in Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam

Abstract: The article investigates how the society of female and male survivors is supplemented in Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam with the elements of motherhood and parenthood. As the author suggests, the trans-generic relations and their offspring give hope for the future.

Concluding the 21st century speculative trilogy that also includes Oryx and Crake (2003) and The Year of the Flood (2010), MaddAddam (2013) concentrates on the concept of a peaceful existence of men and women, as well as “old” people and the perfect human clones in the post-apocalyptic world. Consequently, motherhood and parenthood enable Atwood a drift from feminisms of her previous novels towards a more universally understood humanism. On the one hand, the writer’s picture of women’s communities provides the main female characters of the novel with some kind of a framework wherein they can realise their femininity. This parallels Nina Auerbach’s definition:

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