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The Handmaid’s Tale, The Graphic Novel: Artistry, Impact, Feminism Today

  • Comix Revolution 606 Davis Street Evanston, IL 60201 United States (map)

One Book One Northwestern, Comix Revolution, and the Evanston Literary Festival present a discussion about the new graphic novel adaptation (March 2019) by Renee Nault of this year's One Book, One Northwestern selection, Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. This panel will feature Terrence Gant (Third Coast Comics), Juan Martinez (author and Northwestern English professor) and Helen Thompson (English professor and Faculty Chair of One Book One Northwestern).  They will explore how the visual world of the graphic novel transforms this classic work of dystopian fiction.  How is Atwood’s dystopia reanimated by Nault’s visual text?  Does Nault’s graphic artistry speak to critical debates around the novel’s Hulu adaptation or appropriations of the handmaid figure as a template for feminist activism?   The panel will discuss how The Handmaid’s Tale's transformation into the medium of graphic artistry offers us new ways to inhabit Atwood’s dystopia.