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Traces of shame: Margaret Atwood's portrayal of childhood bullying and its consequences in Cat's Eye

Jones, Bethan

Authors

Dr Bethan Jones B.M.Jones@hull.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer/ Programme leader for BA English with Foundation Year.



Abstract

This article focuses on patterns of bullying and abuse in Atwood's portrayal of the 'friendship' between Elaine, Cordelia, Carol and Grace in this novel. It begins with a consideration of Elaine's background resulting in her susceptibility to this bullying, before moving on to discuss the various forms the psychological abuse takes. The author also discusses the novel's indebtedness to Shakespeare's King Lear and the resulting linguistuc echoes which permeate the text.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2008
Print ISSN 0011-1570
Electronic ISSN 1752-2293
Publisher Berghahn Journals
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 20
Issue 1
Pages 29 - 42
APA6 Citation Jones, B. (2008). Traces of shame: Margaret Atwood's portrayal of childhood bullying and its consequences in Cat's Eye. Critical Survey, 20(1), 29 - 42. doi:10.3167/cs.2008.200104
DOI https://doi.org/10.3167/cs.2008.200104
Keywords Atwood;Bullying;King Lear;Abuse;Intertextuality;Nothing