“Pro-creation” as a means of Protest in The Handmaid’s Tale


  • Maria Rajan Thaliath Asst. Professor, Dept of English St. Francis College for Women, Hyderabad, India.


This paper, will aim at examining Atwood’s use of the theme of “reproduction”- both as a creative art and as a biological function, within a dystopia. The main argument would be that the theme of reproduction, usually seen as a female discourse, as used in the novel, subverts the patriarchal discourses of religion and science, which are the two main discourses used to supress women/underprivileged within the novels.

            This paper will also closely look at Atwood’s choice of dystopia as a genre. Looking at the conventions of the genre, the chapter will also focus on how The Handmaid’s Tale subverts the discourse of “reproduction” so that the protagonist eventually finds liberation.


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Thaliath, M. R. (2018). “Pro-creation” as a means of Protest in The Handmaid’s Tale. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH , 6(12), 13. Retrieved from https://ijellh.com/OJS/index.php/OJS/article/view/5714