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To Join, to Fit, and to Make

The Creative Craft of Margaret Atwood's Fiction


Christina Ljungberg Stuecklin

Contents: This study explores how Atwood plays with the relationship between form and meaning, and the extent to which her narrative designs reflect the contents of her various works. Based on research into Atwood's unpublished drafts and typescripts and on interviews with Atwood herself, To Join, to Fit, and to Make primarily focuses on two of Atwood's mature works of fiction, Cat's Eye and The Robber Bride. By tracing the function of certain literary myths and themes that recur in different guises throughout Atwood's work, the author elucidates aspects of Atwood's writing that are vital to her art of creating new and challenging fiction.