The Anthropocene, Cli-Fi and Food: Margaret Atwood's MaddAddam

  • Esther Muñoz-González Universidad de Zaragoza


This article examines Margaret Atwood’s climate fiction novel MaddAddam (2013), a dystopian cautionary text in which food production and eating become ethical choices related to individual agency and linked to sustainability. In the novel, both mainstream environmentalism and deep ecologism are shown to be insufficient and fundamentally irrelevant in the face of a submissive population, in a state of passivity that environmental studies scholar Stacy Alaimo relates to a scientific and masculinist interpretation of the Anthropocene. The article focuses on edibility as a key element in negotiating identity, belonging, cohabitation and the frontiers of the new MaddAddam postapocalyptic community.

Author Biography

Esther Muñoz-González, Universidad de Zaragoza
Esther Muñoz-González is Lecturer in the Department of English and German Philology at the University of Zaragoza, where she has recently completed her PhD on Margaret Atwood’s dystopian fiction. She has published research articles in journals such as The Journal of English Studies, ES Review Journal, Verbeia, Odisea, Complutense Journal, Brno Studies in English and REN.


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