In both Cat’s Eye and The Robber Bride Atwood’s exploration of female mischievousness and spite, and the use of narratives to shape versions of reality, take her work more deeply into favourite areas of concern. Both novels deal with representations and constructions of women, constraints upon their roles and the tension between artifice and authenticity. They also consider the constructions of narratives, ways that retelling or fabricating can enable us to manage events that might be puzzling, even life-denying. Both novels use female Gothic and reflective storytelling to shape histories and ultimately to own and affirm positive versions of identity.
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