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Crossing the Boundaries: The Spatial Theory in The Handmaid’s Tale
The Handmaid’s Tale
The Production of space
representations of spaces
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The thesis aims to adapt Lefebvre’s spatial triad so as to examine the space produced in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. The Handmaid’s Tale fictionalizes the coup d'état overthrows the United States and constructs the theocratic government of Gilead. The history of the Early Gileadean Era is recorded in the tapes of the protagonist, the handmaid Offred. The study focuses on the oral records that reveal the landscape of the city, the construction of the regime, and the everyday life of the individuals. Applying Lefebvre’s spatial triad, the thesis targets on the representations of the space “perceived” by the viewers, “conceived” by the government, and “lived” by the inhabitants. Chapter one provides the introductory literature survey on Atwood’s novel, including feminist, postmodernist, and dystopian critiques. Based on the analysis of Lefebvre’s spatial theory, chapter two aims to explore the “physical” space of the Republic of Gilead. This chapter targets on spatial practice of the regime represented in city planning, buildings, and physical landscape. Following the analysis on spatial practice, the chapter advances to the conceived space in the representations of spaces of Gilead, exploring conceptualized codes and signs. Emphasizing on the space “lived” by Gilead’s civilians, chapter three embodies representational spaces of Gilead that is constructed and reconstructed by its actual inhabitants and users. Thus, I draw to the conclusion that what constructs Gilead is not the political power, but the ways of living among all habitants dwelling in that space.
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