May 25, 2024
Omid Amani

Omid Amani

Academic rank: Assistant Professor
Education: Ph.D in English Literature
Faculty: Literature and Human Sciences


Waning of Affect in Margaret Atwood’s Selected Novels: A Jamesonian Approach
Type Thesis
Margaret Atwood; Fredric Jameson; The Edible Woman; Surfacing; Postmodernism; Waning of Affect.
Researchers Omid Amani، Ghiasuddin Alizadeh


The present thesis tends to read Margaret Atwood’s The Edible Woman and Surfacing through the lens of Fredric Jameson’s theoretical framework. We will examine the applicability of Jameson’s theory of waning of affect to the novels, which is recognized as one of the principal symptoms of postmodernity. Atwood’s selected novels focus on the postmodern culture on the verge of emotional erosion and depthlessness. In consequence, the novels, it is argued, depict the main characters on a journey of self-discovery by resisting the ‘late capitalist’ conventions, constraints, and compulsions. In like manner, they find a way out of their emptiness or void to express themselves. Moreover, all of the major characters in Atwood’s selected novels are focused on for the investigation of the way their characterization result in certain features that are potential to manifest the culture of late capitalism.