The Handmaid’s Tale

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apocalypse_iconApocalypse, Then and Now

The Handmaid’s Tale

  1. Sunday, February 1, 2015 6:30 p.m.
Image from the film The Handmaid's Tale
-Adapted from Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Handmaid’s Tale imagines a future America that responds to plummeting fertility by instituting a repressive theocracy and stripping women of almost all rights. The film stars Natasha Richardson as a ‘handmaid’ struggling to hold onto hope and determine whom she can trust while she serves in the household of a powerful Commander and his resentful wife (played by Robert Duvall and Faye Dunaway). (35mm presentation)


Novelist Margaret Atwood will be giving a public presentation and reading off campus on Tuesday, February 3 as part of the College Arts and Humanities Institute’s Ruth N. Halls Distinguished Lecture Series.

Apocalypse, Then and Now
Filmmakers repeatedly envision apocalyptic futures to critique present trends. The series Apocalypse, Then and Now pairs two films that portray the dread of imminent catastrophe, as wide-scale infertility threatens the human race with extinction. Each of the films reimagines key issues of its own time, including reproductive rights, race relations, immigration policies, the war on terror, and the blurring boundaries among church, state, and the military. This series is sponsored by the College Arts and Humanities Institute and co-sponsored by the Department of English.