Traduction et Langues
Volume 20, Numéro 2, Pages 193-202
2021-12-31

A Bakhtinian Investigation Of The Gendered Space As A Dystopian Chronotope In Atwood’s The Year Of The Flood (2009

Authors : Selt Afaf Djihad . Kaid Berrahal Fatiha .

Abstract

This paper seeks to investigate the possibility of regarding gendered spaces as dystopian chronotopes in Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood (2009). The current research attempts to examine the process through which spaces are stratified into gendered ones, characterized by a masculine supremacy and feminine inferiority. Following a geocritical approach, the spatial landmarks and references in the novel are scrutinized in order to examine the process through which space is being categorized on a gender basis. The temporal indicators of the novel are studied interchangeably with their accompanying spatial presentations using Mikhail bakhtin’s views on the literary chronotope. The present research concludes that gendered spaces presented in Atwood’s novel constitute dystopian chronotopes because they epitomize one of the manifestations of dystopia.

Keywords

Chronotope ; Dystopia ; Gendered Space ; Margaret Atwood ; The Year of the Flood