A creative workshop with the title 'Dystopian (dis)order: Exploring Margaret Atwood's Writing Techniques' will be offered on Friday March 16th, 2018, by Filio Chasioti (Ph.D. candidate, School of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki).
This workshop is going to take place at School of English Library (308, 3rd floor, New Philosophy Building) between 18:30-20:30.
**A certificate of attendance will be provided**
The places available for this workshop are limited. So If you're interested in attending, please forward your emails to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event is organized by the School of English Book Club 'Transparent Windows.' For more information about our group please click on the following link: http://www.enl.auth.gr/trans_windows_en.html.
Event Coordinator: Dr. Tatiani Rapatzikou (email@example.com)
This workshop revolves around Margaret Atwood’s dystopian trilogy, MaddAddam, which consists of Oryx and Crake (2003), The Year of the Flood (2009), and MaddAddam (2013). The topics to be addressed in the workshop are the novels’ plot, certain of their traits pertaining to the genres of dystopia as well as speculative fiction. Its primary aim is to acquaint its participants with the author’s work, ultimately focusing on the aforementioned novels.
In order to achieve this goal, a linguistic/literary viewpoint will be adopted, aiming to illuminate – and, subsequently, discuss – particular aspects of Atwood’s writing practices. The first aspect to be explored is the concept of focalization (the ‘filter’ through which narrative events are presented/3rd person narration) and its effect on readers’ perception and understanding of the world within which the story takes place. Another topic is that of the temporal and spatial signifiers encountered in the text and their (co)relations and impact on the development and organization of Atwood's narrative.
The participants will be invited to work and creatively “interact” with certain excerpts taken from Atwood’s trilogy in order to draw associations between the aforementioned linguistic and literary features of the texts.
Filio Chasioti is a PhD candidate in the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics, School of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and a State Scholarships Foundation (IKY) funding recipient (2016). Her doctoral dissertation is an interdisciplinary study that focuses on Margaret Atwood’s dystopian trilogy, MaddAddam, implementing a Corpus Linguistics methodology. She holds a BA (Hons) from the School of English (AUTh), and an MPhil (Hons) in Applied Linguistics from Trinity College, Dublin. Her research interests lie in the areas of corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, contemporary North American fiction, and narrative theory.