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The Handmaid's Tale and Philosophy 

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ISBN 978-0-8126-9992-0


xii + 280 pages


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The Handmaid's Tale and Philosophy

A Womb of One's Own

Edited by Rachel Robison-Greene
Volume 123 in the Popular Culture and Philosophy® series

" Is The Handmaid’s Tale fiction or future? The Handmaid’s Tale and Philosophy won’t just challenge you to think deeper about The Republic of Gilead, but also differently . . . about your own world. This book dissects its subject with depth and rigor—the only sure way to relegate Gilead to the realm of fiction, not future.”

—Cherise Huntingford, writer and pop culture cynic

 “ The Handmaid’s Tale and Philosophy, with its insightful and inspiring explorations, takes up arms with Offred and the other Handmaids, providing a powerful sword and shield against those who oppress them. Gilead has never been sliced and diced with such brutal and shocking effect. Don’t let the bastards grind you down!”

— Kimberly Baltzer-Jaray, author of Doorway to the World of Essences (2011)

 “Given our current political environment, The Handmaid’s Tale is one of the most important shows being made today, and arguably that makes The Handmaid’s Tale and Philosophy one of the most important books, as it expertly examines the show’s philosophical perspective and warning.”

 — David Kyle Johnson, author of the Great Courses audiobook, Sci-Phi: Science Fiction as Philosophy

 “One of the most powerful books ever written in the twentieth century has become a profound TV series. In this volume you will find sharp minds analyzing the Atwood novel as well as the television show to pursue some of the most important questions that now confront gender equity and equality.”

— Gerald Browning, author of Demon in My Head

 “In a time when Christian fundamentalists are touting creationism and God-hates-fags, when Sharia remains the ultimate law of the land for countless Muslims, and when totalitarian regimes in the form of ruling families, Communist groups, and fascist cliques still dominate major parts of the geopolitical landscape, the kinds of questions—and fears—raised in The Handmaid’s Tale must be disturbing. This book, then, asks us to delve deeper.”

— Robert Arp, author of Scenario Visualization: An Evolutionary Account of Creative Problem Solving (2008)

 Rachel Robison-Greene has co-edited many books, including Twin Peaks and Philosophy: That’s Damn Fine Philosophy! (2018). She co-hosts the blog, I Think, Therefore I Fan.

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