Why this dystopian feminist masterpiece still resonates 30 years later
Chosen as this year’s freshman read at UC Berkeley, The Handmaid’s Tale continues to endure as one of the most trenchant feminist novels of the 20th century. Part speculative fiction, part cautionary tale, it has recently been adapted into an acclaimed television series. Join English professor Katherine Snyder, who is teaching a seminar on the book this fall, as she discusses why the characters, themes, and ideas still resonate after 33 years, and what that says about our culture and society.
English professor Katherine Snyder teaches a popular freshman course titled “The Handmaid’s Tale on Stage, Page, and Screen.” Her research interests include literature in English from the late 19th to the 21st century, with an emphasis on gender studies, narrative and the novel, the urban landscape, and post-traumatic, post-apocalyptic, and post-9/11 fiction. Her first book was entitled Bachelors, Manhood, and the Novel, 1850-1925 (Cambridge UP, 1999).