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Jan Gorak, Ph.D.
Apocalypse, Dystopia, Formalism, Margaret Atwood, Narrative structure, Utopia
In the first two books of her MaddAdam series (a projected trilogy), Margaret Atwood explores a series of events from three very different perspectives. A close reading of the two texts suggests that the specific focalizers chosen, and their very different ways of perceiving the world around them, are central issues in the novels. In Oryx and Crake, Atwood establishes the apocalypse as a problem of dystopian vision through the book's deeply flawed focalizer. In The Year of the Flood two alternative visions are offered in order to rehabilitate the perceptual problems of the first text. In the three chapters of this paper, I will explore the devices used to establish each focalizer's specific vision, the ways in which each focalizer views apocalypse, and the relationship of each focalizer to the utopian perspective that appears poised to redeem dystopia and apocalypse.
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Nessel Cassidy, Jennifer Leora, "'Everything Looks Different up Close': Perception in Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood" (2013). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 474.
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Jennifer Leora Nessel Cassidy