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Title:
The handmaid's tale and philosophy : a womb of one's own
Author:
Robison-Greene, Rachel, 1983-, editor.
ISBN:
9780812699920
Publication Information:
Chicago : Open Court, 2019
Physical Description:
xiv, 278 pages ; 24 cm.
Series:
Popular culture and philosophy ; volume 123

Popular culture and philosophy ; 123.
Contents:
Resisting dystopia -- Part I: but they were godless: A great darkness filled with echoes -- Dystopia from a woman's point of view -- Gestational totalitarianism -- The United States of Gilead? -- Part I: faith is only a word, embroidered: Inside Gilead's misogynist papers -- Serena Joy, miserable, despicable -- Remix in Gilead -- From the handmaid's tale to the handmaids' tale -- Part III: dying of too much choice: A rose by any other brand -- Babies and pleasures -- What about the men? -- Gilead as Palimpsest -- Part IV: how easy it is to invent a humanity, for anyone at all: Gilead vs. the self -- The value of a handmaid -- June the stoic? -- Who is the meanest of them alll? -- Part V: I tell, therefore you are: The red and the black -- Smoke and mirrors in Gilead -- How language shapes reality in Gilead -- Under a watchful eye -- Part VI: Gilead in the rearview mirror: A response to Professor Pieixoto -- References -- Mayday members -- Index.
Abstract:
In The Handmaid's Tale and Philosophy, philosophers give their insights into the blockbuster best-selling novel and record-breaking TV series, The Handmaid's Tale. The story involves a future breakaway state in New England, beset by environmental disaster and a plummeting birth rate, in which the few remaining fertile women are conscripted to have sex and bear children to the most powerful men, all justified and rationalized by religious fundamentalism.
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