Textual Mothers/Maternal Texts: Motherhood in Contemporary by Elizabeth Podnieks,Andrea O'Reilly

By Elizabeth Podnieks,Andrea O'Reilly

Textual Mothers/Maternal Texts specializes in moms as topics and as writers who produce auto/biography, fiction, and poetry approximately maternity. overseas participants learn the mum with no baby, with baby, and in her a number of identities as grandmother, mom, and daughter.

the gathering examines how authors use textual areas to simply accept, negotiate, face up to, or problem conventional conceptions of mothering and maternal roles, and the way those texts supply substitute practices and visions for moms. additional, it illuminates how textual representations either mirror and aid to outline or (re)shape the realities of ladies and households by way of analyzing how mothering and being a mom are political, own, and inventive narratives unfolding inside either the pages of a publication and the areas of a existence. the variety of chapters maps a shift from the daughter-centric tales that experience ruled the maternal culture to the matrilineal and matrifocal views that experience emerged over the past few a long time because the mother’s voice moved from silence to speech.

members make aesthetic, cultural, and political claims and reviews approximately mothering and motherhood, illuminating in new and numerous methods how authors and the protagonists of the texts “read” their very own maternal identities in addition to the maternal scripts in their households, cultures, and international locations of their quest for self-knowledge, business enterprise, and creative expression.

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