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The Handmaid’s Tale: What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Tue, Sep 3 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmPeoria Campus, Arbor Hall, Auditorium

Tuesday, September 3, 2019, 7 – 8 pm at Peoria Campus Arbor Auditorium
Presented by Andrea Walton

FREE for students, faculty and staff, and the community

It isn’t too difficult to imagine a female dystopian novel where female characters are oppressed in an effort to point out injustice. Sometimes, authors cast this oppression on women through minimizing them, solely, to the commitment of love and service for male counterparts. Margaret Atwood, in her novel, The Handmaid’s Tale (1986), extends this idea, by reducing her female characters’ value to their most basic function: producing babies — not their ability to love.

Atwood, through at least one character (Aunt Lydia), shows that their value is not found in loving their male partners. Aunt Lydia explains that “love is not the point.” These women’s real source of individuality and value is not in serving as walking baby-making machines that have allegiance to their male partners, but somewhere completely different. Join in a talk that delves into unveiling this identity.


Between the Lines is a lecture series presented by the faculty members of the Humanities Department at Illinois Central College. Check out this season’s offerings and see if we live up to our mission statement, which is to serve our community by applying a scholarly lens to culturally relevant literary topics. That’s right… we’re going to aim our literary magnifying glass at some of the stories you’re reading, watching, and thinking about.

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