Speaker: Layla Hendow, PhD Candidate in English Literature, University of Hull.
Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) is a hugely popular novel, with an acclaimed television adaptation currently being screened. The novel is renowned for its powerful and moving feminist themes, and has been recognised by readers for decades as a peerless piece of science-fiction that can feel worryingly plausible. There could be no better host for this session than Layla Hendow, who not only researches dystopian novels, but contributed to the Under Her Eye: Women and Climate Change conference starring Atwood herself. This has been a much requested text for the reading group, and is an excellent introduction to Atwood’s compelling, distinctive fiction.