Strength for Today and Bright Hope for Tomorrow

Volume 10 : 10 October 2010
ISSN 1930-2940

Managing Editor: M. S. Thirumalai, Ph.D.
Editors: B. Mallikarjun, Ph.D.
         Sam Mohanlal, Ph.D.
         B. A. Sharada, Ph.D.
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         K. Karunakaran, Ph.D.
         Jennifer Marie Bayer, Ph.D.
         S. M. Ravichandran, Ph.D.
         G. Baskaran, Ph.D.



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Margaret Atwood's The Blind Assassin -
A Study of the Impact of War on
Historical and Economic Aspects of the Society

S. Joy Isabella, M.A., M.Phil. & J. Sundarsingh, Ph.D.


Margaret Atwood, a Canadian poet, novelist and critic, is noted for the feminism and mythological themes. Her texts derive from the traditional realist novel, where the female protagonist is victimized by gender and politics. Atwood's fiction is often symbolic and she has moved easily between satire, fantasy and suffering. In the year 2000, Atwood earned the Booker prize, Britain's top literary award for fiction through The Blind Assassin.

In her novels, Atwood creates women characters that are forced to reconstruct themselves in a more self reliant and courageous form as they seek to establish their relationship to the world and to the individuals around them.

This research paper throws light on the History of War and its impact on economy of Canada based on the novel The Blind Assassin. This study examines historical evidences by analyzing the records and survivals of the past in the novel. History and Fiction are discourse system of signification by which one can capture the essence of the past.


Margaret Atwood is a prolific Canadian poet, short story writer, novelist and a critic. Her first novel, The Edible Woman, appeared in 1969. Later she wrote Surfacing, Lady Oracle, Dancing Girls, Life before Man, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin and Negotiating with the Dead. She is an international literary celebrity whose work has been translated into more than twenty languages and published in twenty five countries.

The highpoint of Atwood's literary career has been the award of the prestigious Booker prize in the year 2000 for The Blind Assassin. A Canadian and feminist writer, Margaret Atwood is internationally acclaimed as an accomplished novelist, poet, short story writer, and literary commentator. Her novel The Blind Assassin (2000) is highly regarded as a provocative work of feminist dystopian fiction that examines the cultural construction of female identity, language, and historical memory.

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S. Joy Isabella, M.A., M.Phil.
Department of English
Bishop Appasamy College of Arts and Science
Coimbatore - 641 018
Tamilnadu, India

J. Sundarsingh, Ph.D.
Department of English
Karunya University
Coimbatore - 641 114
Tamilnadu, India

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