Atwood Panel on Survival, MLA January 2022, Washington DC
Wilderness (and Other) Tips: Concepts of Survival in Atwood’s Works
“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I took the one most travelled by,” Aunt Lydia sardonically muses in The Testaments. “It was littered with corpses, as such roads are. But as you will have noticed, my own corpse is not among them.” The Margaret Atwood Society’s panel seeks papers exploring the theme of survival in Atwood’s writing. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, grief, trauma, persistence, duty, healing, endurance, and wisdom. We invite papers that consider the intellectual, affective, and ethical implications of survival. While priority will be given to topics that speak to current or recent cultural and political contexts, works may span any part of Atwood’s career.
Panelists must be members of the MLA to present. Submit abstracts of 150-250 words and a brief biographical note to Denise Du Vernay at firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 March 2021.