The Social Critical Function of Female Discourse in Alias Grace

Xiaoxiao LÜ


In her ninth novel, Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood shifts her perspective on the Canadian past and reconstructs a historical murder case of the 1840s with her powerful imagination. Women’s living condition is still the central concern. Grace Marks, the marginalized silent “other”, is granted with female discourse to tell stories of lower-class women’s miserable fate, which forms a spicy criticism and irony against the hypocritical Victorian social and gender ideology.


Margaret Atwood; Alias Grace; Female discourse; Social critical function

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