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INTRODUCING MARGARET ATWOOD'S THE EDIBLE WOMAN: A READER'S GUIDE

Keith, WJ.
Toronto, ECW Press, 1989. 79pp, cloth, $18.95, ISBN 1-5S022-086-1. (Canadian Fiction Studies S3). CIP


Grades 12 and up/Ages 17 and up

Reviewed by Joan Kerrigan

Volume 18 Number 5
1990 September


WJ. Keith is a professor of English at the University of Toronto. His contribution to this extremely helpful series of guides to Canadian writers is a comprehensive examination of The Edible Woman (McClelland & Stewart, 1989(1973)). The style is approachable for students at the senior secondary and post-secondary levels even though the reader may not always agree with the conclusions reached. English teachers will be pleased to note that this guide is completely unhelpful unless the student has already read the novel!

The research is formidable Professor Keith has consulted the opinions of many other scholars and critics, and has formed his own perceptive views about all aspects of this important novel. In his introduction, he states his own opinion. He believes that The Edible Woman is a good novel because "it is well written; because it is well written it can expand our imaginative awareness; and because it expands our imaginative awareness it may be considered 'important.

Included is a chronology of Margaret Atwood's personal and professional life up to the year 1988, as well as a list of the works the author has consulted for his analysis.

Recommended for senior secondary and post-secondary libraries.


Joan Kerrigan, Toronto Board of Education, Toronto, Ont.

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