Who was Margaret Atwood?
Margaret Atwood was born in Ottawa, Canada, in 1939. She is a prolific author known for writing about a variety of gender, identity, and political themes. Her work has become influential in Canadian literary theory. Atwood theorized that Canadian identity is characterized by survival, which is a theme she often explores in her writing. Atwood’s works are full of survivalist notions familiar to Canadians, such as fear of nature, settler history, and community loyalty; some examples include her books The Journals of Susanna Moodie, Alias Grace, and The Blind Assassin. Although different theories of Canadian literature have emerged since Atwood’s in the 1960s, her ideas are still taught in Canadian literature and Canadian studies programs around the world.