The Handmaid’s Tale
by Margaret Atwood (1985)
Discussion Leader: Renee Countryman
Atwood’s novel was a feminist classic well before the recent hype surrounding the Hulu television version of the story and the swelling fears of women following the beginning of the most recent administration. It’s a dystopia that simply imagines what the world would look like if women suddenly lost all their rights and freedom. In a world where conception becomes nearly impossible, only the richest get access to the thing they want most: children. Through the eyes of Offred, we learn about the new world and how the world changed in a series of flashbacks. An interdisciplinary discussion of this book would bring insight into issues equality, feminism, the environment, and political unrest.