The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) by Margaret Atwood. Hosted by Layla Hendow.
Saturday 22 September 2018
Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) is a hugely popular novel, with an acclaimed television adaptation currently being screened. The novel is renowned for its powerful and moving feminist themes, and has been recognised by readers for decades as a peerless piece of science-fiction that can feel worryingly plausible. There could be no better host for this session than Layla Hendow, who not only researches dystopian novels, but contributed to the Under Her Eye: Women and Climate Change conference starring Atwood herself. This has been a much requested text for the reading group, and is an excellent introduction to Atwood’s compelling, distinctive fiction.
Cost: Free Admission – All welcome but booking is required in order to guarantee a place and to enable us to ensure we have an adequately sized room booked for the session.
Enquiries: Jackie McAndrew - Monday to Weds - OpenCampus work days.
Telephone: 01482 466585
About the OpenCampus Programme
The OpenCampus Programme is the University of Hull's open access adult lifelong learning education programme. You can attend one session or all the sessions in a series. Sessions are informal and friendly and are not traditional public lectures. We do not charge for admission to sessions so we utilise the University's normal teaching spaces when they are not required for student teaching (lecture theatres and seminar rooms). We try to provide access to one of the University Cafes as part of the experience, but cannot guarantee this. We try to time sessions to meet the needs of the majority of our learners. We like to accommodate the needs of all attendees (seen and unseen needs) by having a comfort break at each session. We may offer specialist one off sessions for which we may make a charge.
We may also share other events at the University that may be of interest to our typical OpenCampus learners.
Reading Group Background
If you like reading and enjoy discussing books with other people, then this is the group for you. Sessions take place on campus within the fabulous Brynmor Jones Library where there is a Café and the fantastic University of Hull Art Collection.
The sessions are facilitated by either an English or Creative Writing PhD student, a post-doctoral researcher, a member of staff or a guest host from our regular OpenCampus attendees. You don’t need to have been before but it does help if you have a love of literature and you like the idea of meeting with a friendly group of similarly minded people. Oh yes - it does help to have read the book too!
It’s also a great opportunity to give our PhD students (or 'emerging thinkers' as we like to see them) the opportunity develop their public engagement, facilitation and teaching skills! It really is a winning initiative all ways round.
Broad Aims of the Group
The broad aims of this reading group are to:
- Provide an open platform for the discussion of literature.
- Encourage an interest in a range of genres.
- Provide the opportunity to open up the dialogue with members of the public encouraging interesting, topical, and informative discussion.
- Provide our 'emerging thinkers' the chance to develop their public engagement, facilitation and teaching skills!
All the books should be available to buy cheaply on-line for a minimal amount if you can’t find your old school copy!
Anyone can come along, no prior experience is necessary, just an enthusiasm for the subject.How will it work?
- All attendees should read the novel in advance of the session.
- Each session would be led by one of our PhD/Postgraduate Research students/guest speakers.
- There will be a brief introduction to the text (15 - 30 minutes) which would be accompanied by a PowerPoint/hand-out as appropriate.
- We will have a selection of questions ready to get the ball rolling as it were, and will be highlighting key themes/sections of the text of particular interest.
- You may get the opportunity to discuss revisions and adaptations of the selected narratives to try and pinpoint the reasons behind the longevity of these texts.