The coronavirus crisis is being used in order to further limit reproductive rights and bodily sovereignty in the United States. Reading Atwood’s novel through the lens of the novel coronavirus makes it feel like there’s no real novelty here.
Author: Helen Kapstein
Helen Kapstein is an Associate Professor in the English Department at John Jay College, The City University of New York. She earned her PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. A postcolonial scholar, her areas of interest include South African literature and culture, cultural and media studies, and tourism and museum studies. Her book Postcolonial Nations, Islands, and Tourism: Reading Real and Imagined Spaces was published in 2017 (paperback 2019) by Rowman & Littlefield International. Her work has appeared in Postcolonial Text, English Studies in Canada, and Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies, among other venues. She serves on CUNY's University Faculty Senate and is Vice President of the Cultural Studies Association.