Escritos 24 (52):185-211 (2016)

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The symbols of the Feminine throughout the dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale are the object of study of the article. It is argued that feminine symbology is a unifying thread that makes possible an analysis of the main features of dystopian societies and the possibility of a critical dystopia. The category of analysis is the symbol understood from the perspective of Ricoeur’s hermeneutics of symbols, which proposes that the understanding of a text should be based on what they pretend to say. Therefore, the symbols of the Feminine make possible the resistance within dystopian regimes, and without resistance there is no dystopia. As a result, it is possible through the symbols of the Feminine to interpret the main features of dystopias and, particularly, to develop the possibility of a feminist critical dystopia.
Keywords Mulher.  Distopía feminista  Woman.  Distopia crítica  Distopía crítica  Critical Dystopia  Feminist Dystopia  Distopia feminista  Mujer
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DOI 10.18566/escr.v24n52.a09
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