Gertrude and Grace : Margaret Atwood's "Gertrude Talks Back" and Alias Grace

Title: Gertrude and Grace : Margaret Atwood's "Gertrude Talks Back" and Alias Grace
Variant title:
  • Gertrude et Grace : "Gertrude Talks Back" et Alias Grace de Margaret Atwood
Source document: The Central European journal of Canadian studies. 2016, vol. 10-11, iss. [1], pp. 135-147
  • ISSN
    1213-7715 (print)
    2336-4556 (online)
Type: Article
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The aim of this article is to explore the importance of language for the perception and construction of reality from the perspective of two of Atwood's main female protagonists, Gertrude from the short story "Gertrude Talks Back" (Good Bones, 1992) and Grace Marks from the novel Alias Grace (1996). Atwood's protagonists are the postmodern variants of women described in literary works by William Shakespeare and Susanna Moodie. In constructing her heroines, Atwood uses the technique of gender-oriented revisioning. We will try to point at many similarities that Atwood's Gertrude as the modernized opposite of Shakespeare's Gertrude bears with the cunning and assertive protagonist of Alias Grace.
Cet article a pour objectif d'explorer l'importance du langage dans la perception et la construction de la réalité, plus spécifiquement dans deux textes de Margaret Atwood: « Gertrude Talks Back » (Good Bones, 1992) et Grace Marks du roman Alias Grace (1996). Les deux protagonistes féminines d'Atwood sont les variantes postmodernes des femmes décrites dans d'oeuvres littéraires de William Shakespeare et Susanna Moodie. En construisant ses héroïnes, Atwood opère une révision du genre. Nous essaierons de souligner les nombreuses similitudes entre la Gertrude d'Atwood, conçue comme l'opposé actualisé de la Gertrude de Shakespeare, et le protagoniste futée et assertive du roman Alias Grace.
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