Disciplining the Body: Power and Language in Margaret Atwood’s Dystopian Novel The Handmaid’s Tale

Authors

  • Maryam Kouhestani PhD student in English Literature, University of Malaya, Malaysia

Abstract

This article explores the effect of power and language in dystopian society. I attempt to show that a novel may be classified as dystopian if it fulfills certain factors that posit language and discourse as fundamental devices of power. These three main factors are as follows: the establishment of an official, totalitarian language, evidence of opposing discourses, and the representation of the characters as a figure who deconstruct social reality.

DOI: 10.5901/jesr.2013.v3n7p610

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Published

2013-09-30

How to Cite

Kouhestani, M. (2013). Disciplining the Body: Power and Language in Margaret Atwood’s Dystopian Novel The Handmaid’s Tale. Journal of Educational and Social Research, 3(7), 610. Retrieved from https://www.richtmann.org/journal/index.php/jesr/article/view/1011